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dotty | Posted in General Sewing Info on

There was a recent discussion about a skirt pattern with circular or spiral pattern pieces. I looked up “swirl” and “spiral” skirts, but found nothing. Does anyone recall this discussion? What heading should I look for? Thanks in advance.

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    Becky-book | | #1

    Only thing I could find was 'Vintage twist' , but there was not much discussion there.  That article was about vintage changes to a straight skirt. Threads #127 Nov 2006.

    And there was one about hemming a circle skirt.

    Can you remember anything else about the discussion?

    Becky



    Edited 6/1/2007 9:29 am ET by Becky-book

    1. dotty | | #2

      Yes. One person said she makes a specialty out of sewing these skirts, which aparently have a very nice drape. The spiral pattern pieces are a bit counter-intuitive apparently.

      1. lorisews | | #3

        Birch Street Patterns has one, they also have a dress. You can't tell really well from the photo, somewhere I have an older paper catalog with line drawing -- each spiral piece is the same so there is only one pattern piece for the skirt.
        http://www.birchstreetclothing.com/prod.php?itemID=43&colID=7

        1. dotty | | #5

          Thanks! that does look interesting. I was also looking at Butterick B5042, which looks less full. I wish one could see the pattern pieces to compare. They both look fun to make.

  2. solosmocker | | #4

    Once again my nightime Threads reading seems to touch on a current issue on the board.

    The other night the Threads I picked up to read had an ad in it that I remember being so different. It was the entire directions to make one of the swirly skirts. Then at the bottom of the ad, it said to send money if you felt this was a worthwhile pattern. I had remembered reading that ad the first time around and not quite believing it. I wonder how many responses it got that actually sent money for the pattern and directions on the page in Threads. It certainly was a unique marketing concept. Not sure if it worked however. I never saw anything advertised again for that company. But I could just be uninformed.

    I will see if I can find the issue and page for you. I will check tonite.



    Edited 6/1/2007 6:46 pm ET by solosmocker

    1. krichmond | | #6

      Hi Solosmocker:

      I remember the ad you mentioned (possibly in mid-90's? Threads).  I think the company was called "Integrity Patterns" or something like that and you had to enlarge the pattern piece provided in the ad.  The directions were included.  I recently saw someone wearing the skirt (or a similar version) and it moves beautifully.  I don't think the company is in operation anymore (I think I did a web search about a year ago) and I am kicking myself for not trying it out because it was a unique piece.  Hope your luck is better than mine...

      Regard,

      Kay

      1. solosmocker | | #7

        I haven't been able to find that mag, but it will surface. You are absolutely right. That was the name of the company. Quite a concept! The ad left you with the impression that if you copied the pattern and had integrity, you would send in money. Not sure if that would be considered a donation or a payment, LOL! Yup, "Integrity Patterns".

        1. dotty | | #8

          I think that skirt idea has been percolating in the back of my mind for years. Ever since that ad. I've wondered about it it too. Does anyone else remember the person who wrote to Threads about renting a self-storage locker for her stash?

          1. Gloriasews | | #9

            I think that the storage-locker idea was in the "do you have a stash" thread.  I would think that, other than being expensive in the long run, it would be too easy to forget exactly what you had in your stash, unless you visited it often. 

            As to the swirly skirt, I do remember it - in fact, I saved the pattern.  I must dig it out & really consider it.  It was a "j" shaped pattern, with the hooky part at the bottom, wasn't it?  It was narrower at the top & wider at the bottom & the instructions stated that you just add pieces until it fits around your waist.  I think it also stated that it was good for any shape of body.

            Gloria

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