Sew, What's Up

Sew What’s Up Presents

The Sew What’s New Archive

This archived content is from Mary Wilkins’ sewing and quilting message board “Sew What’s New,” which was retired in August 2007. It is being provided by “Sew What’s Up,” which serves as the new home for many members of “Sew What’s New.”
From: StitchyGal
Date: 01-04-2006, 10:38 PM (1 of 9)
I am going to be making my first beginner skirt, pattern 7655 by Simplicity. I was wondering if anyone could suggest what type of fabric to use. The skirt is going to have an elastic waist and come down to my ankles. I want the skirt to flow. Since this is my first real project I will take any tips or suggestions. :nah:
User: StitchyGal
Member since: 01-03-2006
Total posts: 11
From: woodywoodpecker
Date: 01-04-2006, 10:58 PM (2 of 9)
What kind of fabrics are suggested on the back of the pattern envelope? Are you wanting summer, winter, dress-up,everyday or what? I don't normally ever wear a skirt or dress but I really do like the long ones and maybe will wear one some day. I really like the dress pants with the long panels on them that look like a long skirt.
User: woodywoodpecker
Member since: 11-07-2003
Total posts: 242
From: StitchyGal
Date: 01-04-2006, 11:28 PM (3 of 9)
It lists: cotton and cotton blends, lightweight denim, silks and silk types, and cotton interlock jerseys. I want this skirt to just be casual everyday wear. :whacky:
User: StitchyGal
Member since: 01-03-2006
Total posts: 11
From: Chrysantha
Date: 01-05-2006, 12:29 AM (4 of 9)
I'd go with a cotton...something with an all over pattern (to hide sewing flaws you 'might' make) They have some great spring stuff out at the stores already...

I'd save the denim, plaids, one way naps and stuff like that till you get more experienced...(denim is NOT hard to sew, but it can be a likes to fray and sometimes stretch out of 'place' and it DOES have a nap to it).

Also I saw another question. Cotton thread for cottons, poly for poly (unless you're embroidering....)
User: Chrysantha
Member since: 09-06-2002
Total posts: 2414
From: AndreaSews
Date: 01-05-2006, 08:35 PM (5 of 9)
I meant to get a reply to you last night and lost track of time. The first thing I thought of when I saw the design was "Seersucker." A nice, light, summeweight print fabric for casual wear. Pop it in the dryer, shake it out, and wear it.
User: AndreaSews
Member since: 02-18-2005
Total posts: 1007
From: Dustbunny01
Date: 01-05-2006, 10:39 PM (6 of 9)
Chrysantha, has some good answers for you,

It is easy to work with.. or a cotton/poly blend.

and have fun while sewing up your new skirt!! :smile:
User: Dustbunny01
Member since: 11-11-2005
Total posts: 159
From: tiedyejudy
Date: 01-09-2006, 04:16 PM (7 of 9)
I would also recommend looking into crinkle cotton. It comes in solids - usually pastels, it's lightweight, very easy to sew on, and a dream when it comes to laundering. Just hang to dry! I use it a lot to make caftans or loose-fitting pullover caftan blouses. I have bought it at Jo-Ann's before, and they refer to it as 'Zambique Solids'.

Happy sewing!

Judy Sall Originals
User: tiedyejudy
Member since: 08-10-2005
Total posts: 78
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 01-09-2006, 06:57 PM (8 of 9)
Challis is a good one for drapeability.. You have to finish all the seams, though.. Cause it ravels like crazy.. Pre-shrink also, so there are no disappointments.. I love it for casual wear.. I make gauchos from it and unless I take a giant step or 2, nobody knows its not a skirt..Thats what I like.. :coffee2:
Sew With Love
User: LeapFrog Libby
Member since: 05-01-2002
Total posts: 2022
From: Chrysantha
Date: 01-09-2006, 09:18 PM (9 of 9)
JoAnn's just got in some BEAUTIFUL Sari fabric...the COLORS are wonderful.
Oh man.....if only I'd win that darn lottery... :bg:
User: Chrysantha
Member since: 09-06-2002
Total posts: 2414
Sew, What's Up
Search the “Sew What’s New” Archive:
Visit Sew What’s Up for the latest sewing and quilting tips and discussions.
This page was originally located on Sew What’s New ( at