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Friday, April 23, 2010

Faire Season means a new project list

Oh my.  It's been a while since I've posted.  It's also been a while since I've really worked on stuff.

I did make some updates to my Irish Cape.  I took off the Fox Collar and put on trim at the collar for the spring.  I also re-enforced the stitching at the hand opening to be more sturdy.

On to the newest project.  I'm trying something a bit more fitted.  I'm making a gored skirt with a waist band.  I'm using a formula called the "Infinite Gore" because you can use as many gores as you would like.  I'm also using a 3:1 ratio.  I'm using a great red cotton and black cotton that is 41 inches wide.  I'm using 6 gores of red and 2 gores of black in the front.  I'm using a 2 inch waistband to get the 43 inches length I want.

Here are the measurements.  W is your waist measure with 1/2 inch added for each gore and a few inches for "wiggle room".  B = 3*W.  L is the length from your waist to the ground with 1/2 inch added for a hem.  T = W/# of gores (in this case 8).

I took the red material and folded it so I had 6 layers along the width so I can measure the gores without worrying about the length.  From the edge I measured in T inches and made a mark.  From this mark I measured T inches again and made another mark.  Between these two marks is the top of the gore.  On the bottom of the length I measured B inches and made a mark.  Connect the the top mark closest to the edge to the bottom edge, then connect the other top mark to the bottom mark.  These lines should form a triangle with the top flattened.  This is your gore pattern.  I cut 6 red and 2 black.

I'll see if I can draw it out and post it when I post a picture of the colors.

From here what I'll do is, first iron the gores, then sew the gores together.  Then I need to sew the waistband together.  I need to cut two pieces for the waistband.  One in red and one in black.  It will need to be 4 inches wide.  The red will need to be T*6 inches long and the black will need to be T*2 inches long.  Before attaching the waistband I'll iron the seams flat then attach the waistband.  Hem the skirt and feed the elastic through.

There is the plan.  Stay tuned.

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