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Wool Banded Skirt

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Camera Canon Canon PowerShot SD700 IS
Exposure Time 1/8
F-Stop 2.8

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Women
Style Casual, Preppy
Carla E on craftsy.com

What was your source for this sewing project? Other
Tell us more about what inspired you. My daughter wanted a skirt like one we saw in J Crew. I made a black banded skirt as a sample. I made adjustments to the width (sample too full), and to the method of attaching the waistband.

Carla E on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? Wool plaid with matching solid for band; New Look Pattern 6872; 7-9 inch invisible zipper; lining

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What are you most proud of? After making the sample (previous project posted), I needed to take out some of the fullness. The wool is fairly heavy and too much fullness simply did not look good. I also did not like the way the waistband worked on the sample. I found a skirt at Ann Taylor and copied their waistband. I don't like waistbands that simply fold over at the top. I like ones that are seamed at the top. I wanted to attach the waistband facing to the waistband but wanted to minimize the bulk. I made the facing 1 cm wider and shortened the lining by 1 cm. This allowed me to stitch in the ditch on the outside of the skirt and catch the extra 1 cm of facing. It worked perfectly.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Make a sample. Depending on the weight of the fabric, you will need to adjust the fullness. You also need to make sure you know the skirt length and the width of the band before you cut the fabric. You also need to adjust the size of the waistband for the fabric thickness.

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