I have a large piece of slinky in my stash and want to make a skirt.I
can't decide if I want an "A" line or 4 to 6 panel skirt. It's a fairly
heavy fabric beside being very stretchy. I'm thinking the simpler the
better. Any thoughts.
If the fabric has a pattern, then I would go with a plain
A-line in order to avoid cutting up the pattern, especially
across the front. If no pattern, and you want more flare at
the bottom than you can manage using an A-line pattern, then
a 4-6 gore pattern would work very well.
Thanks Barbara, I had hoped to do it today and the time got away from
me. It might have to wait now until I come back home in the middle of
September. This traveling back and forth wears me down sometimes. It's
been hard to get much done at the cottage this year because we have had
so many grandchildren out there. I'd rather play with the kids than do
anything else so i really can't complain.
It seems like most everytime I try to take time to sew, something comes up.
Yesterday I worked in my sewing room for 15 minutes when the phone rang and
it was my sister, crying. Her husband has been told he has advanced cancer
of the prostrate. She talked with me a few minutes, then I went into my
"counselor voice" ( I used to work with mentally challenged adults) and
talked with her a few minutes more to calm and encourage her.
Barbara in SC
Or, alternatively given the stretch factor, there is always the 'one hour
skirt' - one seam and a split on an elastic waist.
I noted this idea from the editor of Australian Stitches who inspired SWAP
(Sewing With A Plan).
If you're interested you can see how this idea is used here:
You might share this with your sister:
When my DH was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1999, we
immediately joined the HMO's prostate cancer support group.
We learned a great deal from an absolutely wonderful
facilitator. About a year later, the father of one of my
younger DD's high school friends received a diagnosis of
prostate cancer, and he was told to get his affairs in
order, as it was very advanced, blah, blah, blah. We knew
and liked him from our shared time at school events. He
attended the support group for a while.
Long story short, the friend's father is alive and doing
very well, ten years later. They have traveled, enjoyed
both their daughters' marriages, and the addition of three
grandchildren. Prostate cancer is either very slow growing,
or not... and I don't think the doctors are able to
accurately predict which patients will survive and/or for
Caution your sister's DH to discuss of end-of-life
decisions, of course, but *everyone* needs to do that. You
never know which day might be your last on earth.
There are things doctors never can be sure of and prostrate cancer is
one. Years ago prostrate cancer was a death sentence. Now with good
early diagnostic tools it's usually picked up early and with treatment
the outcomes are good. When my DH was diagnosed I was the one who was
more than a little upset. He was almost casual about it. We got a second
opinion, which I feel is essential, followed through with surgery, which
was the best option for him and his personality, and 6 years later he's
fine. As Beverly said End of ife plans should be made. They should be
made by everyone no matter what's facing you. The hospital DH had his
surgery at, insisted on a living will. Our attorney also insisted on
one. We did it and don't have to have that concern any longer. We also
appointed a medical power of attorney so we knew all medical decisions
can be made by someone we trust if we are unable to do that, no matter
what we face in life.
Please tell your sister to insist on a second opinion for her husband,
get some legal advise for End of Life planning and research prostate
cancer. A support group is extremely essential for her to consider.She
is fortunate to have you as a support person as well. It's tough but
with you to help I know she and her husband will find the strength to
get through this.
I checked out the article and realized I always sew with a plan. I
always buy fabric and RTW knowing that I can find things in what I have
to go with what I'm making. I have made several 1 seam skirts but
thought this particular piece of fabric would do better as something
with a bit more shape. I'm also a fan of elastic waist bands. They are
simple to do, and are far easier to fit. If I had the shape of a
slim young thing then I'd be more apt to do a waist band. I have also
been toying with the idea of using rib knit for a waist band but not on
this piece of fabric. I think that would be better suited to a lighter