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Fabric recommendations

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Fabric recommendations

Postby Mercury » Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:26 am

I am currently working on a design for a skirt that I am making for myself. It's going to be knee length to mid calf; I haven't decided yet. It has box pleats in the front and back. I need a fabric that drapes well. I used calico for another skirt and it flared out more than I like. It's a little stiff. When I walk around I want it to have a nice swish. Any thoughts?

I am 5'10" and quite slender. I don't know if that makes a difference.
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Re: Fabric recommendations

Postby pelmut » Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:20 am

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Re: Fabric recommendations

Postby Mercury » Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:01 pm

I am not going to iron the pleats. I want them to be soft. I thought about using a medium weight linen or doubled cotton gauze. There are so many fabrics out there. I want to avoid synthetic fabrics. I don't like them.
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Re: Fabric recommendations

Postby beachlion » Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:54 pm

I like the denim fabrics a lot. You can have them in very light and flowing, like 4 to 5 oz and go to the slightly heavier fabric, say 6 to 8 oz. Most of my fabric came from www.fabric.com
On their web site you can select the fabric from a menu, including weigth (oz/sq ft).
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Re: Fabric recommendations

Postby pelmut » Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:41 pm

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Re: Fabric recommendations

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Re: Fabric recommendations

Postby Mercury » Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:32 pm

Yesterday I finished a skirt. It's not the one I was designing. I decided to try making a knee length full circle skirt. I went digging through my fabric stash,and I found a large piece of tartan fabric. It is a twill weave. I picked it up at a thrift store years ago. I don't know what it's made of, but it drapes very well just like I wanted. I am so happy with the way it turned out. I didn't think a circle skirt would look good on me; I was afraid it would make my hips look huge. :lol:
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Re: Fabric recommendations

Postby beachlion » Sat Jul 14, 2018 6:07 pm

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Re: Fabric recommendations

Postby Mercury » Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:28 pm

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Re: Fabric recommendations

Postby Mercury » Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:30 pm

The next thing I want to try is making a 30" long full circle skirt with inseam pockets and maybe an invisible zipper if I can find that attachment for my machine.
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Re: Fabric recommendations

Postby beachlion » Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:39 pm

Try Amazon.
https://www.amazon.com/Zipper-Invisible ... 1108&psc=1

I have never used an invisible zipper. Or I make a jeans style fly or I make a simpeler version where the zipper is behind the fold of the left front panel. The zipper foot is very handy because you can sew right next to the teeth or coils of the zipper.
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Re: Fabric recommendations

Postby Mercury » Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:06 am

I don't know if those would fit my machine. I have a Singer fashion mate 237. It's almost 60 years old. I should call some place that repairs sewing machines and ask them.

On my next skirt I am going to do a lapped zipper. I don't like being able to see the zipper.
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Re: Fabric recommendations

Postby pelmut » Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:21 am

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Re: Fabric recommendations

Postby Mercury » Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:14 pm

I found my machine at a yard sale. Any attachments that came with it were long gone.
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Re: Fabric recommendations

Postby pelmut » Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:54 pm

I've just had a look on eBay and to my amazement the search for "Singer zip foot" came up with three pages of hits and not one of them would have fitted your machine.  They all seemed to be either cheap plastic 'snap on' (snap to pieces the first time you use them) or some sort of universal fitting with a list of manufacturers but completely unsuitable for 'traditional' Singer domestic models.  So it looks like 'buyer beware' on line; but if you have a local sewing machine supplier, they should be able to find you one (after all, Singer made thousands a day for nearly 80 years).
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