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PCMomwad
Posted 2011-11-13 10:19 AM (#78896)
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HI All.  I've been absent for awhile.  I've been sewing, just not posting.  The reason is simple...my first grandchild was born 14 months ago.  Wow.  Hobbies will wait but babies grow too fast!  I've been sewing for him, too, and spending more time with my mom since she moved to a retirement home near here.  I haven't updated my web page for over a year, but am thinking of switching to a blog... when I have time to figure that out.

I've been sewing mostly knits since they make up quicker AND I really like the Pattern Master Knits program. It took me a few fitting garments and help from Wild Ginger as I needed to get over using my extended shoulders measurements. I still have a little bit of folding where the bust dart should be, but I'm accepting that it's not easy to get a flat piece of fabric to go over significant "fronts."

Here are a couple of photos of tops I've made using ruffled fabric. (Well, actually one top segued into a dress, which I wore as a tunic when it got cooler.  My second top sewed up easier than the dress because I basted the ruffles down along the seam allowances. I also discovered you need to be careful cutting so you don't whack off a ruffle, especially near the top edges. (Ask me how I know). Probably this fabric should be cut single layer. After you cut and baste it is fairly easy to sew--no hems needed! I used foldover elastic to finish the necklines.

I used the same pattern for both tops, but turned one front on the near bias to get diagonals. I added the seam allowance as I cut, and also cut the neckline higher--too high. I had to lower the neckline elastic as the "rick-rack" edge on it bothered my neck. Just don't ask me my settings as I tweaked the pattern in Pattern Editor and that was too many months ago to remember.

The color washed fabric came from fabric.com, and it's pretty bright. I'd love to tone down the pink but it's polyester so not easy to dye. The black/royal striped fabric was purchased from SewKeysE at a show.   Please note that the stripes are really level on the dress.  My son is more concerned about lighting and exposure than whether garments are sitting correctly!

Phyllis Carlyle





(Royal Black stripe ruffled blouse lo res10-11.jpg)



(Pink purple blue striped ruffled dress 5-11.jpg)



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ursulab
Posted 2011-11-13 3:52 PM (#78902 - in reply to #78896)
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I would love to read your blog.

PCMomwad - 2011-11-13 10:19 AM

...... but am thinking of switching to a blog... when I have time to figure that out.


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PCMomwad
Posted 2011-11-13 3:59 PM (#78903 - in reply to #78896)
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You can see the photos of my ruffled garments now. (Thanks WG)   I made the dress first, the top a couple of months later.  I used the same simple pattern on both, but had enough fabric to make the first a dress.  I was going to have 3/4 sleeves on the dress, but they didn't look right so I kept cutting off the fabric until it looked satisfactory.  This was drafted in PMKnits 5, Classic top, moderate stretch, square neckline, semifitted waist, set in sleeve.  I set the top front on an angle after seeing that done on several tops at the Original Sewing Expo.  I wear it over a tank or dark tee because these fabrics are semi-sheer between the ruffles!
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JoAnndjob
Posted 2011-11-13 6:56 PM (#78905 - in reply to #78896)
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I have this type fabric available locally, but have held off buying. Now I will. I really like the diagonal.
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SueC56
Posted 2011-11-13 8:33 PM (#78909 - in reply to #78905)
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Phyllis, nice to see you again.  I really appreciate your insights on sewing with the ruffled fabric!  The top and dress look great!


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PCMomwad
Posted 2011-11-14 10:47 PM (#78938 - in reply to #78896)
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Thanks Ursula, JoAnn and Sue. 
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Grandma C
Posted 2011-11-15 1:44 AM (#78943 - in reply to #78896)
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the diagonal ruffels are my favorite. Your presence here has been missed but your priorities are in the right order.
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MrsBerit
Posted 2011-11-15 6:28 AM (#78944 - in reply to #78896)
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Wow. Just love that dress it's fun and cute

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Cristina
Posted 2011-11-15 1:01 PM (#78951 - in reply to #78896)
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I understand why your grandson loves you and your new dress sweet colors.

Cristina
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julie w
Posted 2011-11-15 4:31 PM (#78955 - in reply to #78896)
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Hi Phyllis, great to see you posting. You are always so great at design and these are no exception. A great use of fabrics.
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PCMomwad
Posted 2011-11-15 11:54 PM (#78961 - in reply to #78896)
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Thanks, everyone.  It is a fun dress to wear, and has gotten lots of comments at work.  (flapper?  flamenco?)  And I work with people who wear jeans and don't care about clothes and design.
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pamelac858
Posted 2011-11-23 7:51 AM (#79015 - in reply to #78896)
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I have some of that fabric and love the diagonal stripes. I love stripes, I'm just not really shaped for them. Those are really nice outfits, Phyllis!

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Trish
Posted 2011-11-29 11:05 PM (#79065 - in reply to #79015)
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Phyllis, you look great in your new outfits! I have some of that ruffled fabric in my stash awaiting use...thanks for the tips.
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