Posted 19 August, 08on:
When I found this fabric at Vogue Fabrics in Chicago, I planned to make a gored skirt. The pattern is very large for my small frame. Seaming would break up the pattern, leaving just the great colors. Well, this was a fabric that Hubski held up from across the store and I said, “Yes, get a yard and half of that one.” I did not actually touch it or I would have noticed that it was way too firm for something as swishy as a gored skirt….unless I wanted it to stand away from my body like a bell.
I could have sworn Ottobre had a straight skirt with a center front panel. I looked through my binder of line drawings at least a dozen times because I *knew* I had seen it. I looked through my other patterns. Nope. Apparently, I had only seen it in my head. No worries. This would be an easy hack.
The wide yoke of design #7 from the 02/06 issue is so comfortable and flattering. Moving the center seam to the sides would give me the gored look. I wish I could say there was lots of math involved, but, umm, no. I held the pattern against my body and figured out where it would be flattering to have seam lines. I folded the pattern at that point and cutting it out, adding a seam allowance. For the center panel, I folded the pattern the other way and added a seam allowance.
I am very pleased with the way it turned out. Two seam lines in the front is a very slimming look. The fabric has just a touch of lycra, which makes it oh so comfy to wear. I realize summer is almost over and this a very summery print, but I don’t care. It is such a pretty fabric that I did not want to wait until next summer.