Saturday, June 13, 2015

We Have a Couched Skirt Front!

But you must build up slowly to the luscious texture of the couched skirt. I bought these for the airbrushing that will happen Saturday. We plan to mix black and white to achieve slate, gray, silver, whatever you want to call it. I'm thinking of doing the blue on my blue fabric...we'll see.


First in the Alabama Chanin hit parade, we have a pink stretch knit from my local All About Fabrics. Used the AC T-shirt pattern, lowered the front neckline, cut off about 2.5 inches, and did it all so far on the machine (that is perfectly legal and is referred to as A. Chanin, thank you very much).


What a fit. I did feel like the armscye was a bit high, so I lowered the pattern pieces by 1/2" - we'll see how that works out. And this is with a slight swayback adjustment...plus I rounded the sides up using a "Pamela's Patterns" Favorite T-shirt pattern that I acquired somewhere...can't remember where...but it was already cut and the back was missing! I thought I bought it at the Sewing Expo in B'ham a couple of years, ago but I could be wrong.


I cut the selvages off and plan to use them as binding for the neck and armbands...with white thread because they don't make button craft thread in pink...is that too weird? Maybe tan thread? Maybe embroidery thread in a matching color?


Okay, you're ready now, for the lovely "worminess" of couching! This is hanging off my ironing board - I love the shadows.


Center front seam - who's ready to fell that sucker?


Please don't make me do that. I think a nice press will be just fine.


It was hard enough sewing the seam together, given all the other stitches and knots in the vicinity.


Now please forgive me for lightening all the pictures so you can see the skirt better....and yes, I only have a front, so I'm holding the skirt up with my arm.


I'm not sure exactly where it will hit on my knees - guess I'll find out when I finish the back and put a waistband on.


And now, channeling a solemn Alabama Chanin model...except they don't wear glasses...and where are my boots and knee socks?


I LOVE THIS SKIRT (FRONT)! I want it in a dress now, preferably with a back. Remember that you can buy this skirt online for $1400 or so? Totally worth it - this feels like about $700 that I'm wearing right now...oh, I just checked and they're sold out at Polyvore - I win!

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

I LOVE THE SKIRT!!!!! Can't wait to see it finished. You can teach me to do the couching. I have to say, I would probably skip the center seam..... I have the Pamela's T-shirt if you want to trace what you need.

Robbie

Junior said...

Beautiful!!!!! Oh, Mamaw would love that skirt!

BeckyW said...

I am insane for that skirt!!! It is gorgeous and does look high $$$$$!!!! So much work went into that I'm sure.

The fit of that tshirt is perfect. Great to have a TNT pattern.

Can't wait to see what you and Robbie make.

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Thanks, Robbie - glad somebody else agrees it's an all-caps kind of skirt! Couching would be a piece of cake compared to the technique on your scarf, I think. And I'm definitely not felling that seam, but probably need to on the sides and back - yuck.
Thanks, Tracey - can't you see an Eastern Star dress out of that - "Honor to the Couch!" Becky, feel free to join us for the paint-fest if you like! You don't have to have AC fabric - bring some sheets or pillow-cases to stencil. We'll probably start around 10-10:30 (gotta run a 5K first, you know) and wrap it up mid-afternoon so I can pick up Dean and Drew coming back from their Spartan in Dallas. Now that makes me want to airbrush some sheets...

BeckyW said...

Thanks for the invite Lynn. I'd probably slow you guys down. I'm going to be tied up Saturday most of the day though. I'll catch you next time.

Anonymous said...

Becky, we'll perfect our techniques and next time will be a breeze (if we can remember what we did!)

Robbie

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

We'll get Lucas to video our work - he'll love that - and I'll post a Youtube video!

BeckyW said...

Great idea to video! Can't wait to see it.

Anonymous said...

Oh darn, I'll have to wear make-up.

Robbie

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Now you know that makeup and high-fallutin-ness are frowned upon on this blog!

Sheila said...

Cute t-shirt, but that skirt takes all the shimmer... beautiful.

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Thanks, Sheila!

Nothy Lane said...

I love your skirt!!!!!!!! Nice work!

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Thank you for stopping by, Nothy!