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*sigh of relief* - Melodramatic, corsetted mistress of the obscure
January 22nd, 2006
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*sigh of relief*
I had just enough of the lavender fabric for the skirt. I haven't worked with bias cut often, so this will be a learning experience. So, of course, I learn on silk. :p

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From:socialdragnfly
Date:January 22nd, 2006 05:46 pm (UTC)
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I cant wait to see pictures of it!
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From:lapis_lazuli615
Date:January 23rd, 2006 12:24 am (UTC)
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Actually, I'm right there with you on the silk, but I've done bias cut before. My issue is how the heck do I match the fabric??? LOL

Laz.
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From:solan_t
Date:January 23rd, 2006 04:25 am (UTC)
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Good luck!
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From:lapis_lazuli615
Date:January 23rd, 2006 05:43 am (UTC)
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Yeah... you too!
I've never done fabric matching before, so this is going to be a challenge.
Yet, my biggest question is... This fabric has a striped pattern. Great on the long underskirt, but since the overskirt is cut on a bias, do I just do the overskirt on a diagonal? Or do I cut the front piece in half, add seam allowance, and make it opposing diagonals? (Does that even make sense??)

Laz.
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From:solan_t
Date:January 23rd, 2006 02:12 pm (UTC)
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When matching patterns, keep in mind the fact that you have seam allowances in the pattern peices. I usually draw them in (a clear, gridded ruler makes that rather easy) and then draw the fabric pattern (just a few places along the line I just drew) on the paper pattern so I can line it up for the next piece.

As for the other, makes perfect sense to me, and I have the same dilemma - silk duponi has woven-in irregularities in stripes across the fabric. And yet, the package only says 'not suitable for obvious diagonals'. You could split the front of the overskirt and change the diagonal (would require more fabric. But then, matching will, too) I would make the chevrons point down, in that case. They will then either point up in the back, or you have to change at the sides, too and have the sides point up.

In my case, I decided there was little point as a) the pattern is subtle in the duponi and b) I would have to do the same with the ruffle and don't want to.
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From:lapis_lazuli615
Date:January 24th, 2006 12:45 am (UTC)
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Chevrons down is how I did it. Fortunately, cutting the front in half was VERY simple as it had a center front line drawn down it. I matched at that line (as cut) and then added the seam allowance outside of it.

Thank you for reminding me of the seam allowance though. I hadn't gotten to the sides/back yet and that will come in handy tonight!

Laz.
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From:silverfae
Date:January 23rd, 2006 05:52 am (UTC)
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ooh, some bias cut to that?
Yikes.
I never have the patience (or I wait too late to start something for a certain event) to let the bias hang long enough to recut the hemlines straight.
So if you ever look again at my circle skirts, you'll now really notice the uneven hems.
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From:solan_t
Date:January 23rd, 2006 02:13 pm (UTC)
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The overskirt and the ruffles are both bias cut.
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