Friday, June 8, 2007


The skirt is done and here it is on Zillie's lumpy hips. (My hips are lumpy too, just not in this particular way.)

The "PD&SD" in today's title refers to a Personal Drafting & Sewing Day. I don't have any outings planned, except for the usual dog walk around midday. So today I've declared that I will draft and start sewing a top to wear with this newest skirt.

I was fooling around with the fabric and some skirt scraps last night, like this:

In my mind, I was going for something Duro-esque. I want the contrast neck and underbust bands. I do not want a kimono sleeve, but I do want a short sleeve of some sort. I looked through my pattern collection to see what I could come up with, but of course, out of 3,784 (estimate) patterns, I didn't find The One. After looking at the online catalogs, I came up with this one, New Look 6677, Views D and E.

But then I started thinking that maybe something more like, New Look 6515, Views A and B (this one I do own) or Butterick 5031 with a crossover would be more flattering than doubled band right down the center of the mountains.

Instead of fiddling with a tissue pattern, I'm going to morph one of my TNT computer patterns into these basic shapes. Most of the work I've already done when creating other patterns.

What you see below are the pieces I'll be working with. Those in red are from a previous TNT top. The others are from the stenciled brown tee I made the other day.

I'll rotate the bust dart to underbust gathers and then I'll need to decide if I'm keeping the crossover or going full Duro. Either way, I'll morph the stencilled tee neck band onto the front of the bodice and I'll create an underbust band that goes around to the back too. I don't think I'll do a muslin of this pattern since most of the elements will already be TNT. I may kick myself later for that. Oh, and I'll need to figure out what I want for a sleeve. But first, I really should get into the shower and out of my PJs. ;-)


  1. There's a Kahiliia Ali (sp?) pattern that is similar to the first one you posted here. I've made it, but it would definitely need an FBA - it does for me, anyhow. I'll see if I can find it for you. It's a year or two old, I think. I made a dress from it.

    Your work with PMB and morphing your patterns is motivating me to do the same. I think the cost of the software would be recouped in no time flat.

  2. Debbie, I hope you got out of the PJs first then into the
    Can't wait to see the end result of the new creation.
    That skirt is HOT!

  3. Hey Debbie...It's nice to know I'm not the only one with a dress form that isn't exactly "me" from about the waist down! Can't wait to see what lovely creation you will inspire us all to sew next. Thanks.

  4. Your skirt had turned out really nicely. The stitching adds a sporty touch to the plain fabric.

  5. I like the top with the brown bands over the very pretty skirt. It will be interesting to watch your progress and see what the final result will be.


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