Friday, November 03, 2006

Flouncy Skirt for Bella


Yesterday I finished this flouncy skirt for Bella, working without a pattern. I had the cutest, softest, finest-wale corduroy with polka dots (as you see), and made three tiers. The waist is elastic, and the other two tiers gather into the one above. I trimmed the two seams with hot pink velvet ribbon.

Not my favorite project, as gathering corduroy seemed to go on for hours and hours and my bobbin was *continually* running out of thread at the most inopportune times. I never did get my gathers very evenly spaced, but if there was ever a trotting horse that was not going to show mistakes, that horse is Bella!

7 comments:

Dianna said...

I tried to make a similar type of skirt a while back and ran into the same problems gathering the material. I think it might go easier gathering a light material.

Her skirt still looks very cute!

Cindi said...

I really like the skirt. I am wondering how you gathered it. Did y'all do the traditional sewing two rows of basting and then pulling? I wonder if tightening the tension and holding your finger on the material behind the presser foot would work better?

Jodi said...

Oh - we adore flouncy skirts at our house, too! So great for ease of movement -- ;o) -- which dancing, twirling girls need!

(Love the pink and the polka dots!)

lissaann said...

That is pretty, Anna. I wonder at how you get all things done. I enjoy your writing style too. I like your blog.
~ Melissa Smith

Denial Renae said...

That is such an adorable skirt! I really love the fabric.

Copper's Wife said...

The skirt is great! I've never seen such lovely corduroy. I love my sewing machine's gathering foot.

Goodlikeamedicine said...

I just found your blog googling "gathering corduroy" - love it! I made my first skirt like this last night for my oldest daughter and thought, "I better try some in corduroy for Fall / Winter" - hope I can get it to gather!! God bless you!

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