Friday, November 9, 2012

Pimp my Pencil Skirt Sew-along: Brainstorming

Hello readers!

I am so excited that there are almost thirty people who are interested in this first ever Sew-along on my blog. I will try my best to make it as easy to follow and as instructional as possible.

The object of our desire:



Since we start with a ready-to-wear design we will discuss what pattern choices we have for this project. I can also include a week for those who want to (learn to) draft the pattern with me. Then, we will go over fabric selection and supplies, and, finally, construct the skirt.

To make the pace and the posts more manageable for everyone I would like to post about three times a week. We will move on step-by-step, over five to six weeks - I am already working on a tentative schedule. Let me know please if this works for you. Before we start, I will set up a traditional Flickr group for the Sew-Along where we can post pictures, discuss the work-in-progress and offer a helping hand.

If you have more questions about the Sew-along please go ahead - I will put together a Question & Answer post so we don't miss any of them.

QUESTIONS TO YOU

I am also wondering how many of you are interested in drafting the pattern as a part of the Sew-along. Or, would you prefer to have a pattern to work from?

Finally - the timing. I know that some of you already have pre-holiday sewing plans, so would you prefer to wait until the holiday season is over, or would you prefer to start this skirt as soon as mid-November ?

Well, that's it for brainstorming.  Looking forward to your questions, ideas and suggestions!

41 comments:

  1. I'd be interested in drafting from scratch :). Maybe we could draft it up before the holidays - and then sew it up (with a muslin/ test garment) after the holidays are over?

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    1. I think this is a fabulous idea. I'm really itching to learn some drafting skills yet I feel like squeezing the whole thing over the holidays would be a bit overwhelming.

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  2. I too would like to draf this pattern. I think that breaking it up over the holidays is a good idea.

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  3. I also would like to try drafting:)

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  4. Me too on the drafting. I raelly need to get my sewing mojo back as a beginner. This will be fab. Hope I develop the confidence to follow. A gorgeous skirt.

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  5. Draft from scratch all the way, that would make this a truly unique sew along.

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  6. I would love to draft the pattern with you....and I am game to start whenever you are ready! I have the perfect fabric already in my stash!

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  7. I like the idea of drafting and muslin before holidays and sewing after... Let's wait what others say

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  8. I like the idea of preparation before holidays and sewing the final skirt after, when some "quiet" times return ;-)
    Thanks so much
    JJP

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  9. Hello Marina.
    I was thinking of using a TNT straight skirt to prep this pattern before Christmas and then do a summer version during the break. It's summer here so while I could do a suiting version and have the aircon on, I think a summer version would let me wear this skirt to work after the NY.
    I have a weekend workshop coming up so I'll have time to work this out with a seasoned sewing teacher.
    Cheers.

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  10. My vote would be to draft the pattern and do it after the holidays. It's crazy time around here now.

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  11. Sounds like fun! I can go with whatever schedule works for the group. Drafting would be great as well.

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  12. I'm game for drafting from scratch. I'm also open on the schedule. Whatever works best for everyone.

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  13. I would like to draft the pattern too, and would be better to do it after the holidays.

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  14. Hi. I would like to learn to draft the pattern from scratch and I think the skirt is beautiful! Anytime is suitable for me. Farah

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  15. Drafting and after the holidays, please!

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  16. I agree with the others! It would be nice to learn how to draft the skirt! I also prefer starting after the holidays!

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  17. Against other readers I would love to start it with mid-November, so I could wear them maybe already in holidays?! And also I'd like to make pattern together.

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  18. I would love to draft before the holidays and do the sewing after. It would be less stressful and so much more enjoyable.

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  19. This would be my first sew-along...I'd like also to draft the pattern (before holiday) and the rest after holiday!
    ciao

    federica (italy)

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  20. I would also like to draft before the holiday, maybe sew the muslin, but finish after holidays.
    Thanks so much for a great idea.

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  21. Lets draft! Marina, great skirt, great idea, I'd love to jump on board.

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  22. Awesome idea and skirt! Can't wait! I'd love to draft, happy with any schedule you choose :)

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  23. Sign me up, it looks a very flattering style!

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  24. I'd love to learn to draft a skirt. I know skirts are suppose to be one of the easiest things to sew, but not for me. I have a terrible time figuring out where the skirt is suppose to rest. I know, I know it should be the waist, but it doesn't feel right. It is so much easier sewing a dress that hangs off my shoulders. So count me in. I love everything you do, as a matter of fact every time you post a new garment, I end up buying the pattern, fabric and everything else that goes along with it. My husband knows what it means when I say 'Marina made me do it'.

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  25. I just got your post from a friend. Count me in!

    Jilly

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  26. Oh and I would prefer to wait but if not I will squeeze it in.

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  27. I would love to do this with the group! I am open to any schedule:) Darby Logan

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  28. Drafting sounds good but for those who don't have the time, it looks like the November issue of Knipmode had this pattern in it.

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  29. I like the idea of drafting the pattern. I am not sure if I will manage to squeeze in this project as I will start my wintercoat this week, but I will give it a try! Great idea, thank you Marina.

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  30. Marina, I don't know if you have seen this, but Melissa just posted your skirt pattern http://www.fehrtrade.com/article/652/knipmode-november-2012

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  31. I would LOVE to learn to draft a pattern! And I'd prefer to begin sooner rather than later, so I can enjoy this skirt through the winter. Thank you so much!!! Krista

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  32. I've already drafted a basic skirt pattern so I'm ready to go! :) I would love to wear this skirt for the christmas holidays.

    /Agneta

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  33. I would like to draft the skirt. I will have more time after the holidays to participate .

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  34. Hi I would like to join in to. I vote to draft the skirt pattern too.

    If it could be split, before and after the holidays as suggested that would be terrific. There are no fabric/notions stores in my area, so I would need to order everything I need online, or go away shopping for a day or two. Still really want to join in with this though.
    Thanks for sharing Marina.

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  35. Hi Marina: Yes, I too would love to learn how to draft my own pattern, but I can't commit to another thing this month. However, I could follow along in December with the drafting (and with the benefit of reading the posts), and join up in the New Year with the sewing.

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  36. Count me in for drafting this skirt. It seems that most people would like to do the sewing after Christmas. That is fine with me. I spotted a flounced skirt on Burberry that is very close to your design. Perhaps you can help me figure out how to tweak the flounce so I can have an exact copy of this silk lined tweed brown fall skirt. I know the price is over $1000, maybe closer to $1500. I think I can make a nice duplicate for about $35.

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  37. Is it too late for me to join in? I'm going away next week, so that might be a little hard but I'd love to draft a pattern. I've never done that!

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  38. count me in :D im new and very excited to join ;) - archita desia -

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  39. I would like to draft my own pattern in the sew a long. Have to many ill fitting patterns now. I am so excited!

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