Oh, sure!

by Erin on August 28, 2010


I've been thinking about skirts lately, and came across this one from Jen at MOMSPatterns. It's got SIXTEEN GORES! And it recommends PLAIDS! There is not a single alternate reality across the multiverse where I have the time, the patience, or the number of pins necessary to match a plaid across SIXTEEN GORES. 

In fact, the reason that the plaid example here is oddly truncated is because the model's HEAD FELL OFF while she was completing the skirt. And she's just an illustration! Imagine what would happen to a real person.

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DragonPoodle August 28, 2010 at 8:14 am

“there is not a single alternate reality across the multiverse where I have the time, the patience, or the number of pins necessary to match a plaid across SIXTEEN GORES. ”

oh, come on now. OF COURSE there is! What do you think alternate reality multiverses are FOR?


Dawn August 28, 2010 at 8:54 am

Plaid? For the woman who sews… and does nothing else maybe! Now I’m a quilter so I immediately thought those 16 gores would be a good way to use up some of my scrap fabrics. For a casual summer skirt, of course, with a little white tee shirt. Hey, it’s no worse than matching a plaid on the bias 16 times.


Erin August 28, 2010 at 8:57 am

Ha, DragonPoodle, you’re right! But there are so many hops from here to there across the multiverse …


dulcet August 28, 2010 at 9:16 am

What…no comments on crazy scarf lady? What in the world is she holding? It’s too narrow to be an umbrella, and the handle is wrong for your classic walking stick or cane.


quinn August 28, 2010 at 9:49 am

My head ALMOST fell off from laughing so hard at this post :)


Packrat August 28, 2010 at 10:23 am

Yikes! LOL

Seriously, are they gores or just pleats? If they are pleats, matching the plaids is a piece of cake. I love this pattern, but if one has large hips, one might think twice about plaids.


NancyDaQ August 28, 2010 at 10:49 am

Packrat, the pattern envelope states that it’s a 16 gore skirt. OMG! I have matched a pattern across a gored skirt, but it was a print. Still not easy.


Cassandra August 28, 2010 at 12:29 pm

They are pleated gores, so any little imperfections in matching will be hidden and/or forgiven, visually. The seams are hidden behind the pleats. But I wouldn’t make this in plaid fabric, either. It’s busy enough without that complication.


Therea August 28, 2010 at 7:58 pm

I don’t even want to match plaid on one seam. If I had to do 16 gores I’d lob my own head off with my pinking shears!


Colleen Writt August 29, 2010 at 7:01 am

I think she is carrying a shooting stick, kind of a walking stick that has a folding seat.javascript:coreFrame.prodLink(‘../media/ss1-big.jpg’,”);


Packrat August 29, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Thanks. Gores. No way would I try to match a plaid or another print! I still like the pattern, but would definitely stick with a solid color.


the reluctant sewist August 29, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Maybe Crazy Scarf Lady is carrying a fencing foil. It makes as much sense as a headless model.


Doris August 29, 2010 at 10:12 pm

Soooo funny!

If I had to make a 16-gore skirt where the plaid matched up, I’d make it out of a solid and then draw the plaid on the finished skirt with Sharpies.


Valerie August 30, 2010 at 6:30 am

I’m not even brave enough to make skirts with any gores, let along matching all of those plaids! If my head didn’t fall off in the process, I’m pretty sure I would pull it off. Ouch!


evalyn August 30, 2010 at 11:19 am

Erin: I agree, but we all know there aren’t enough pins in the multiverse anyway.

Colleen: that does look like a shooting stick. Very Hercule Perot.

Doris: I love the sharpie idea. So glas they come in colors.


Cookie August 30, 2010 at 12:19 pm

I must say, however, the plaid version as shown is pretty cool looking! (But then, the illustrations so often look better than what you end up with.)


Sheila / Out of the Ashes Collectibles September 3, 2010 at 8:19 am

The phrase “glutton for punishment” comes to mind eh!


Hana - Marmota September 6, 2010 at 3:05 am

I think this is the best of your “pattern stories”…


edgertor September 9, 2010 at 1:35 pm

there is one of these on etsy! all patterns matching and everything.



ja September 27, 2010 at 12:02 pm

you have to understand that back when this pattern was new, women had more time for sewing and they only made a few skirts a year and a dress or two. at least that was my experience. Also fabric was better quality and easier to work with.


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