Fussy Cutting a Panel = Cool Ribbon Skirt!Posted by Jennifer Stern on Mar 28, 2013 in Posts by Subject, Workshops | 315 comments
Shipped my trunk show to St. Louis in my new case yesterday… Here are some shipping tips. Don’t take your shipping to the UPS store… They will charge you for everything, causing your shipping cost to go way up!! I went on UPS.com… It was really easy pay for and print my shipping label… and shipping insurance. The “hard” part was leaving my trunk show at the UPS store…. When I got there, I handed over my case and printed label… The nice UPS man gave me a receipt and said “you’re all set….” (in 30 seconds…) I had a moment of panic… This is the first time I’ve sent my entire trunk show somewhere by itself. I almost felt like I was sending my daughters somewhere without me (almost!) …I’m ok The UPS man assured me they would take good care!
On to more exciting stuff… In addition to my trunk show, I shipped out the fit muslins for The Ribbon Skirt Workshop… I’ve added a knit muslin to the woven fabric muslins… Students will have the opportunity to try on get fit evaluations for three different bias cut skirts… one in muslin, one is a loose weave cotton that’s soft and drapy and one in a bias cut knit! I think I’m going to rename this workshop and call it “Bias Bliss!”
Now I’m working on more samples to bring with me to St. Louis. One of the new fabrics I found is a printed panel. They seem to be very popular this wear… I had a few to pick from. So I decided to go way outside my box and go with a huge, bright magenta flower!! The fun part of working with a panel like this is decided how to position the skirt pattern pieces on the print to end up with a cool layout… Because the colors are soooooo bright, I decided to keep them way from my waistline! So, I cut out the front skirt pieces so that the flower took up about 2/3 of the skirt…starting at the hem.
I flipped the pattern piece and aligned it along the cf edge of the right front skirt piece. Then I marked a little guideline along the edge of the pattern piece. When I positioned the flipped pattern piece on the fabric, I matched the guideline with the printed fabric… Here’s how the front of the skirt looks like when it’s sewn together… very bold for me
When I’m working with a big print, I always leave my options open as I work along… I originally thought I was going to make a symmetrical design… cutting out all the pieces so that the skirt had an even amount of color all the way around… But after putting the front together, I felt like that was a lot of color … I decided to go with less is more when I cut out the back skirt pieces… Here’s how I positioned the back pattern piece…. To match the print along the side seams, I used the position of the print along the side seam of the front pattern piece to mark a guideline along the side seam of the back pattern piece before I positioned it on the fabric. (Exactly like I illustrated for the CF)
Just a little bit of color… I didn’t try to match the amount of color on the left and right sides…. When I put the skirt together, I loved the way the design came together along the side seams! Very fun..