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Off the reservation

2011 February 15
by elizabeth_admin

Thanks for all of the wonderful comments on my last post regarding my recent bout of WAFBS.  I appreciate so much the emotional support of my sewing comrades in arms. 

I have to say though, as I keep on making progress with my skirt, that I am just adoring this skirt.  I may not have any objectivity about it, but I don’t care.  I love it.  I love how rich the faux fur looks, how it feels to touch it.  I may just wear this to work after all and WAFBS be damned!

I completed and attached the facing and lining last night.  I have to understitch the facing, hand sew the hem on the fur and machine sew the lining hem.  Then all I need to is hand sew the lining to the hook and eye tape.  Et voila, c’est finis!

As I mentioned before, I am using my TNT skirt pattern, Simplicity 2452.

When I first got the idea in my head that I needed a faux fur skirt, because, let’s be honest here, who doesn’t???  I immediately thought to use my TNT pattern.  It was already fitted to my body.  Why reinvent the wheel with a new pattern?  I knew right away that I would tweak the pattern back to a side opening but with an alternative closure due to the fur (I’m using hook and eye tape) and that I would use side slits for walking ease so that I could cut the back pattern piece on the fold.  In using faux fur, the simpler the pattern and the less seams to deal with, the better! 

Here’s the interesting thing though.  I went completely off the reservation: I have not referred to the pattern instructions once.  Yes, I have made this skirt several times already, but I haven’t touched this pattern in several months.  I just kept puzzling out my construction order in my head as I went, adjusting for each design tweak I made.  If you knew me in real life, you would know that I cling to directions for dear life and rarely go against them.  They are my life saver.  That’s why I was so lost when I was first learning to sew because the directions can be so inscrutable at times to the newbie sewist.  I never would have believed you, in a million years, if you had told me back then that I would be sewing without instructions sometime in the future. 

So to all you new to sewing enthusiasts out there, take heart!  Those obtuse sewing directions will make sense to you sooner than you think.  You too will be going off the reservation and tweaking designs before you know it.  That’s what is so amazing about sewing.  If you think it, you can sew it. 

If you want a mink faux fur skirt, well then, you go on ahead and sew it.  And wear it with gusto at that conservative Wall Street investment firm.  Let them gawk at you and wish that they had the balls to wear a faux fur skirt too. 

P.S.: To those of you who asked for a tutorial on the hinge method of sewing faux fur.  I didn’t think to take pictures while I was sewing my skirt, so I can’t really do that now.  I did link earlier to a lot of different sources about sewing with faux fur though.  I hope that helps.  I am thinking of making a little skirt for my niece though, so if I do, I will make a tutorial then.

5 Responses leave one →
  1. sewer permalink
    February 15, 2011

    A note: “Off the reservation” is considered by many to be an offensive expression.

  2. February 15, 2011

    It’s inspiring to see how exciting this make is for you! This is what sewing should be about.

  3. February 16, 2011

    Good for you! Can’t wait to see pictures.

  4. Rosie permalink
    February 16, 2011

    E – it’s a great feeling when you can work through the construction of a piece without using instructions. Congrats!

  5. February 16, 2011

    Skipping off to look at faux fur this weekend, thanks for the inspiration!

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