Thursday 15 July 2021

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 339 - Not a Tennis Skirt

How appropriate for summer - not that I ever played tennis.

The underskirt that I am making to go under my daughter's wedding dress is beginning to take shape.  I'm not following a pattern, just making it up as I go along, and hoping that it gives the right amount of fullness to the skirt.  I have yards of net to add to the outside, and still need to add about another 12 inches to the length.  

Today I added the pleated section to the fitted top part, or the pelmet, that I had already made.  It took me ages to fold the pleats, and I made sure there were more pleats at the back than the front.  The fabric I have used is sheeting, and to make sure it has extra firmness I broke the rules by having the selvedge run across the top.  When making a skirt, the warp of the fabric should run from top to bottom to ensure the skirt drapes well, because the weft is less resistant and folds softly.  For the underskirt more body is needed, and having the selvedge at the top of the pleats also meant I had no raw edge to neaten, and so less bulk at the bottom of the pelmet where the two sections are joined together.

At the back I had to remove the bottom button to be able to machine stitch the lower section into place.

At the bottom I have made a one inch hem that I might run a hoop through.  I don't yet know if a hoop will be needed, but if it is, it will be easy to fit through the hem.

Most of the wedding preparations over the past fortnight have been general Mother of the Bride admin - counting up the guests and spending hours online looking for the right place for the reception.  We now have an eye on a place we have visited, and if all goes according to plan we should be booking the reception before the end of the month.  Time is flying - only three months to go!


Here goes for Week 339:-

Many thanks to Chris for linking up last time with her autumn quilt.  If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and see more.


If you have no free motion quilting to show, feel free to link up and show any project you like.  Here are the usual rules, but feel free to ignore them.  To keep the original emphasis, however, preference will be given to free motion quilting when featuring projects from the previous week.

If you love free motion quilting, whether you are a beginner just taking the plunge, or you have reached the stage where you can do ostrich feathers with your eyes shut and still achieve perfect symmetry, then please link up.

Remember, FMQ is FMQ, whether your machine was made last week, or it is older than your granny.

Here are the very easy and slightly elastic rules:-

1.  Link up with any recent post, ideally from the last week but within the last month, which features a free motion quilting project, whether it is a work in progress or a finish.

2.  Link back to this post in your own post.

3.  Visit as many of the other participants as possible and say hello in the comments box.

4.  The link up will remain open for five days, from midnight to midnight GMT for the long weekend, Friday to Tuesday.

So far quilters from the USA, England, Wales, Australia, Canada, Germany, Holland, New Zealand, France, Macau, Russia, Ireland, Brazil and Sweden have taken part.  The 
first participant from each new country will get a special mention the following week.


  1. Hi Muv, what an endeavor! It sounds like plans are in the making. It must be keeping you busy as well as gardening - unless the garden is at a stage where it takes care of itself, except for the never ending weeding! Good luck and take care.

    1. Thanks Andrée,
      Yes things are slowly but surely falling into place with the wedding plans. I might even start getting excited soon.
      Gardening is farcical at this time of year. The weeds are definitely winning!



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