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Green skirt front
What my skirt looks like in front.

Green skirt back
The back view of the green skirt.

This is my first time to make a skirt with a curved hemline. It’s more difficult to sew because I had to stop at certain points to make sure the stitches curve. There was also a whole of cloth involved in the process because I followed the guide I saw on the EGL community on how to make a flared skirt.

New things I learned:

  • Iron settings. My cloth had to be ironed with a setting of at least ‘4’ on it. I think that’s quite hot, literally. If it’s not hot enough, the fold won’t stay at all. I tried it with the hem and failed. I think it was because I used the wrong setting. It was too cool so it kept unfolding. When I sewed the waistaband it wasn’t too bad anymore.
  • How to put the zipper foot. I think what we got on our Brother XL 2230 is a general zipper foot. I will take pictures of it next time. The zipper foot we have at home didn’t look like any of those on the videos I found online. So I had to read the manual. I had to put the zipper foot on while reading the manual because I couldn’t understand it. My imagination wasn’t enough. Anyhow, it works!
  • How to use the zipper foot. Because it looked different from the online tutorials I saw, I had to figure it out with the help of the manual. Again, I must take pictures so people will understand what I want to say about the zipper foot.
  • Cutting makes an entire difference. There was one piece which I cut smaller than the rest. So it affected how I was going to make them all fit at the waist. Also I should’ve cut the waistband piece first because it was a rectangular piece compared to the rest.
  • I learned that I have yet to learn how to determine which is the wrong side and the right side of the cloth. And that I should mark them accordingly. Plain cloth such as this and tetoron make me confused as to which side is right and which side is wrong.

Because of this list of things I learned, I now have a better idea of what kinds of projects I want to make so I could improve. I know I still have my apron, blouse, petticoat and bloomers to make but I’d spend Friday and Saturday for most of them. I might outsource the blouse though. It’s just too difficult for me.

I want to make another skirt. Maybe out of a certain pair of old jeans or something. Also, a skort is tempting. Really. I used to have skirt/skort. Its zipper in front made it into a skirt. That skirt/skort was something I had when I was 10 or 11 years old. Should be interesting to make one this time around.

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Here are some things I want to make.

In Progress:

  • Chibitalia skirt – Start date: 08 August 2009

Done:

Wishlist:

  • Chibitalia blouse
  • Chibitalia apron
  • a reversible bag
  • a flared skirt
  • a wrap-around skirt
  • drawstring pants
  • drive-in pants/thai pants
  • pajamas
  • curtains for my room
  • pillowcases
  • change the collars on my tees
  • plushies

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Here are some things I want to make this year:

  • Chibitalia skirt
  • Chibitalia blouse
  • Chibitalia apron
  • a reversible bag
  • a flared skirt
  • a wrap-around skirt
  • drawstring pants
  • drive-in pants/thai pants
  • pajamas
  • curtains for my room
  • pillowcases
  • change the collars on my tees
  • plushies

That’s quite a lot but I really want to do at least half of those on the list. I didn’t put many blouses on my list because I think that pants are going to be difficult as they are. But I have to finish the Chibitalia cosplay by end of August in preparation for Cosplaymania. 🙂 Not that I will enter a competition, but my sister and I want to costrip.:)

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