Highlights from the St. Louis ASG Ribbon Skirt Workshop…Posted by Jennifer Stern on Apr 8, 2013 in Workshops | 136 comments
I had such a great time with the ladies from the St. Louis ASG. After getting off the plane, I was met by Jodell, my wonderful hostess for the weekend. We went right to Sew It Seams to set up for the trunk show. Cindy, owner and instructor at Sew It Seams, and Carole, the chapter president, were ready for us when we got there. After unpacking my new crate (which I was so happy to see), we went to Chevy’s for dinner. (yummy)
I love doing my trunk show, because it’s like a walk down memory lane for me–in reverse. I kick it off with my most current designs and then progress back to the days of the Bernina Wearable Art Fashion Show (when I made beautiful custom embroidered garments!) I love adding new things to my trunk show… (For example, the rest of the month is going to be dedicated to the Perfectly Fitted Shirt.. I have a pile of fabrics waiting to be cut out!)
After a great night sleep, Jodell and I were up early to get back to Sew It Seams by 8:30 for the Ribbon Skirt Fit Workshop. We talking about the nature of bias fabric and the different kinds of fabrics that could be used to make a Ribbon Skirt. I brought three different sets of fit muslins–Firmly woven fabric with little drape, Loosely woven fabric with lost of drape, and knit fabric. The goal of the class was to see how bias skirts made from different fabrics fit. Everyone had the opportunity to try on all three fit muslins. Based on how the skirt muslins fit, we determined which size pattern to start with. After adjusting the pattern for length, it was time to cutting out the pattern pieces ….on the bias! The ladies all brought different fabrics…. Here’s are a couple of pictures of fabrics being cut out. Notice that we didn’t let the fabric hang off the edge of the table… the weight of the fabric hanging over the edge can stretch and pull the fabric off grain…
It’s really important to lay out fabric so that the grain is running straight with the cross and lengthwise grainlines. You can use the selvage edge as a guide along the lengthwise grain. On the cut ends of the fabric, you can tear the fabric to find the straight edge… or you can pull a thread to find the true crossgrain. One of the ladies brought a very cool, very loosely woven fabric. The threads were pretty heavy, so it probably would not have torn easily. Here’s a close-up of the cut edge of the fabric as a thread was being pulled across the crossgrain. You can see from the picture that the threads are pretty hefty!
One of the fun things I like to do is show how easy it is to match stripes when you are cutting out a ribbon skirt on the bias. One of the ladies brought a fabulous black and white striped knit. Look at the perfect results she achieved!!
It looked great on her too! … This skirt reminded me of the wonderful job Liz did matching her stripes on a Tee during a workshop I did in Chicago earlier this year!
I want to thank Jodell for taking such good care of me. And, Cindy, the owner of Sew It Seams, Carole, the St. Louis ASG Chapter President and all the ladies who attended the Trunk Show and The Ribbon Skirt Workshop. It was such a fun weekend… I feel honored to have the opportunity to share!
It is really easy to pull a thread to find the crossgrain if you’re working with loosely woven fabric!