Thursday, June 18, 2009

Butterick 4194, View A--Modified

I wore the faux ikat skirt last night, very comfortable, but it had a slight A-line as sewn. That has nothing to do with the pattern and everything to do with me. Like most, I'm not straight up and down.

A discussion of the Textile Studios Brussels Skirt vs. Cutting Line's In the Trenches at Stitcher's Guild gave me the idea to make a modification. Here's what Louise Cutting had to say:

When the sides seams are seen, you can really see the peg at the hem as the gingham plaid chevron into each other...that is the secret for a couture look. To the eye of the observer, the circumference of the hem is what they think is the actual circumference of the hips.The ITT skirt is 2" smaller around the hem! Nice way to loose (sic) weight!!!
So, that's what I'm going to do with this Butterick on the next one, slight pegging of the side seams to give the illusion of a straight skirt. The ikat will stay as is; I'm not picking out the machine stitched hem and slits again! I'm ok with wearing it, just want to refine future versions.


gwensews said...

Excellent weight reduction technique!

Pam~Off The Cuff ~ said...

I like that weight loss technique too!

(and thanks for leaving a comment on my blog...about the men's vintage shirt...appreciate it.)

Christy Sews said...

What a great tip. I just love Louise Cutting. Her class was my favorite at the sewing expo in Tampa. She is an unforgettable person. I'm definitely going to give this tip a go

Marji said...

It does seem to make people think you're slimmer, that's bourne out by my experience. The TNT pencil skirt pattern I've been using (the one I just made the paisley silk skirt from, I believe it's V2770- modified) has a circumference at hem that is 4" narrower than hips. I thought it would make my hips look larger but not so.
Great idea to peg the next one.

I do like the ikat print skirt.