Episode 113: Elements of Design

Elements of Design by Suede

Fashion designer Suede explains his fashion design process and demonstrates how to combine fabric and trim to create different looks.

Tulle Strip Skirt

Supplies

  • Skirt pattern (such as SuedeSays 2233, View C)
  • Fabric & notions (as indicated on pattern envelope)
  • 1/8 yard of coordinating tulle
  • Matching all-purpose thread

Cut It

  1. From the fabric, cut out the skirt pattern pieces.
  2. From the tulle, cut three 1 1/2" x fabric width strips.

Sew It

  1. Stitch a 4mm basting stitch 1/2" from each strip long edge, leaving 4"-long thread tails along each strip short edge.
  2. Gather one strip by gently pulling the thread tails along each strip short edge. Repeat to gather the remaining strips.
  3. Audition the strips on the skirt front and back panels where desired. Once satisfied with the placement, thread-trace each strip center onto the skirt.
  4. Pin one strip to the skirt, aligning the strip center with the corresponding thread trace. Stitch down the strip center to secure, and then remove the gathering stitches. Repeat to stitch the remaining strips.

Finish It

1.      Construct the skirt, following the pattern guidesheet.

 

Braided Belt Skirt

Supplies

  • Skirt pattern (such as SuedeSays 2233, View A)
  • Fabric & notions (as indicated on pattern envelope)
  • 1/16 yard each of three coordinating fabrics
  • Matching all-purpose thread
  • Three decorative beads (with 4mm-diameter hole)

Cut It

  1. From the fabric, cut out the skirt pattern pieces.
  2. From the coordinating fabric, cut three 2" x fabric width strips.

Sew It

  1. Fold one strip in half lengthwise with wrong sides together; press, and then unfold. Fold each strip long edge toward the center foldine on the wrong side; press. Fold the strip in half lengthwise along the previous foldline; press.  Repeat to fold the remaining strips.
  2. Stitch each strip along the double-folded long edges.
  3. Designate one strip short edge as the upper edge. Align the strip upper edges; stitch ½" from the upper edge.
  4. Braid the strips until 4" from the lower edges. Thread each strip lower edge through one decorative bead hole; knot each strip end.

Finish It

  1. Construct the skirt, following the pattern guidesheet.
  2. Position the braided strip along the waistline; topstitch down the strip center to secure.

Tip: Use the braided strip for straps, ties or accessories.

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