Monday, 12 June 2017

An Unintended Hack Job. McCalls 7531

Jesus answered, "I AM the way, the truth and the life. No one come to the Father except through Me."

-John 14:6

"It is by grace you have been saved, through faith. And that, not of yourself, it is the gift of God. Not by works so that no man can boast."

-Ephesians 2:8-9












         Hi friends!:) My latest make was intended to be another body-con dress. I just adore my tropical version and I wanted another in this *stunning* floral print! $5 a metre at Fabricville!!!! The bolt says "unknown fibres" but it seems like a type of scuba knit. Not overly stretchy though. Its kind of structured and not enough stretch for a body-con dress :( I should have given it more thought but I just assumed it would be fine! I was sadly mistaken, but I managed to salvage the bottom and make a skirt out of it!:) I used a Nancy Zieman method for applying the elastic waist (photos below). I wore it to church yesterday with this basic black t-shirt and loved it!:) I'd still like to make a fitted dress of some kind out of it, but I'll have to pick a different pattern. I purchased enough to make a couple more items. This fabric would make an absolutely gorgeous jacket!












I used 2" wide elastic cut about an inch less than what my waist measured where I wanted the skirt to sit. I butted the elastic ends together with a piece of woven fabric underneath (this is Lightning McQueen flannel, lol:)

 
    I topstitched the side seams (seam allowance finger pressed towards the back).















   The elastic is sewn, zigzagged to the wrong side of the waist of the skirt, then turned under  and stitched in the ditch of the side seams and centre back seam.



















        I found this through googling, but its from Nancy Zieman's book, "The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew" (which is on my to-get book list!). Here is the method. I'm currently reading her biography, "Seams Unlikely", which is fantastic! I remember my mom watching her on TV back in the day & its cool to learn more of her story.


   
        Well, that's all for today. Thanks for reading:)!


9 comments:

  1. Thanks for illustrating the elastic method... and extra points for Lightning fabric-ka-cho! Or however you spell that. Love that floral print, looking forward to what you design from the rest of your treasure.

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    1. The Cars fabric was the first thing I grabbed!:) Ka-chow! Lol! And thank you for the nice comment!:)

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  2. It's perfect! I just love a floral on a dark background.

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  3. Thank you KS! Isn't the fabric simply swoon-worthy??:) Glad I was able to salvage this dress! I didn't say in my post, but the fabric had tiny holes in it when I ripped out some basting stitches! I don't know if it was the wrong needle (I'm sure I used a stretch needle:/) or just the fabric! Oh well, it worked out ok in the end! I'm just going to have to be careful next project(s)!

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  4. Really cute skirt Rikki! Nice save and I think that it will be pretty versatile as a skirt.

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  5. Beautiful skirt and works very well with the black tee. Thanks for sharing the the way you did the elastic. I will have to try that method.

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    1. Thanks Margie! I'm definitely using this method on more skirts!:)

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