Archive for Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room

August 9, 2006

We have been seeing a comeback of the tiered skirt -- or what we for years and years we just called the prairie skirt -- and the square dance full-gathered skirts.

They were all made of row on row of gathered widths of colorful fabrics. The square dance skirts had billowy nylon petticoats to make them stand out full circle, for twirling at dances.

At a mall recently, I saw cute mother-daughter skirts that were constructed of the same tiers of gathers, onto a waistband from the top of a pair of jeans.

To make the skirts, just use a pair of jeans that fit you. The ones I saw were cut across, below the pockets, leaving the pockets to use as regular pockets. Each had three tiers or rows of gathers. The mother's skirt had wider tiers of gathers.

One of these skirts could be whipped up in minutes from scraps of leftover fabrics. These skirts were usually a first project for girls as they learned to sew. Today we are also seeing the same style in long slim even slinky fabrics. We will probably see several in the 4-H exhibits this week at the fair, and even in back-to-school outfits.

Remember to cut your thread on a slant. It's always so much easier to thread that needle.

God bless you, and pray for our military.

-- Aunt Norie, P.O. Box 265, Tonganoxie 66086; auntnorie@bdc.net

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