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Skirt Blitz – Chapter 3

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I am now working on skirt # 4, a bold, funky print.  My daughter thinks it too loud.  What can I say? Sometimes I am quiet and traditional, and sometimes I am loud and modern.  The fabric is cotton with a little Lyrca that I brought from Fabric Mart this year.  On one of the other blogs, the sewist used this same print to make a skirt.  She lamented about  huge flowers next to each other on the center of her butt.   She originally thought to make a pencil skirt, but changed her mind and was not happy with the result.  I heeded the lesson she learned and stuck to a pencil skirt.  Since I had plenty of fabric and time, I matched the print at the center back seam. 

Here’s a quick lesson on matching prints. 

  1. Cut one side of the back, both pattern piece and fabric right side up.  Then baste on the center back seam of the cut piece.
  2. Lay the cut back piece, right side up, on the right side of your fabric until you have matched the print.  The piece will look as if it has disappeared.
  3. Take your paper pattern piece, wrong side up, and match the center back seam of the pattern piece to the basted center back seam of the cut piece.
  4. Once in position, pin the pattern piece to the fabric and remove the cut piece.  Cut out the other side of the back.
  5. Put the two pieces together, right side together and pin baste on the center back seam. 
  6. Look at the seam from the right side and adjust as needed to match the print. 
  7. Stitch the seam. 

You have to allow extra yardage for matching prints, but for large prints, it’s worth it.


Author: Mpressive Threadz

I started sewing when I was 11 years old, and had my own clients when I was 12. I graduated from the H.S. of Fashion Industries, majoring in fashion design. I expanded my technical background by attending evening classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology and working many years at a major pattern company. I have been creating custom wedding gowns and evening dresses for more years than I care to count. I LOVE WORKING WITH FABRICS. I love fine sewing techniques. I love creating beautiful dresses.

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