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BWOF 8-2007 number 128
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Date: 4/22/10 12:41 PM

I would love to make this skirt, but it is way too long. With the assymetrically shaped skirt panels, I'm not sure how to shorten it. I could not find any reviews of this skirt, but that might be my error. Thanks for any words of wisdom.. Rachel

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Date: 4/22/10 5:52 PM

I wonder if you took some height off the top of the panels? I would be really interested to hear any answers on this one?

Otherwise cut a muslin and have a play - sorry I can't help more.

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Date: 4/22/10 6:16 PM

That's where I'd shorten it. At the top of the panels that connect to the yoke. And then the panels would have to be tapered in to the original measurement which isn't that big a deal.

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Date: 4/22/10 6:32 PM

On the bottom that's a bit like the pattern I have for a Burda "banana" skirt: Burda 7946.

That pattern gives one shortening line at the top, in the uncurved part. But this skirt is way too long for me, too, so I'm going to have to shorten it at least 10" -- I think it will be much too wide at the bottom if I take this much out of the upper/narrow part of the skirt and leave the lower part as wide as it would be if I left it 35-1/2" long. (Does that make sense?) So what I'm planning to do is take a couple of inches out at the top, at the shortening line, and the rest off the bottom, by measuring up evenly from the hem and drawing a new hem edge. I haven't tested this yet, so proceed with caution! But that's what I'm going to try.

Anyway, I think the question you have to ask yourself first is, do you want the hem to be as wide on your shortened version as the hem on the long version?

...Incidentally, not sure if your pattern is the same way, but the pattern I have is made up of nine identical sections, so I'll only have to adjust one piece.


-- Edited on 4/22/10 6:34 PM --

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Date: 4/22/10 6:56 PM

There's also an Onion pattern a lot like that. I made it but I'm 5'10" so didn't need to shorten it. I think someone else in here did make it & shorten it. I'll go on a search for my pattern & the pattern number
I sent you a PM to help you search for it in the Review Gallery. hope ya find help

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Date: 4/22/10 7:59 PM

Ladies, thank you so much! Each of you had some helpful ideas. I had some crazy idea to somehow shorten in the middle, which doesn't make any sense. I think I'll try taking the excess off the top first, then if that is too full, I'll try Joan's idea. Thanks again!

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Date: 4/24/10 3:55 PM

You'll want to make sure that your yoke still hits your body at the hipline though. So if your waist to full hip measurement isn't as big as the pattern, you should take a horizontal tuck through the yoke to keep the skirt looking proportionate.

If you get that corrected, or if it's already correct, then I think you'd practically be redrafting the gores. Like others said, determine the length you want, and if you're wanting the original hem measurement.

Remember that gored skirts generally flare from the knee to the hem, so you'd want to make your adjustments above the original pattern's landmark of the knee in order to keep things fitting the yoke correctly.

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Date: 4/24/10 4:45 PM

I have made a similar skirt that has those wonderful panels!

There is not much of a width difference between the top and say about 6 or so inches down so you can safely trim off the top and it would work fine in this case. Measure the top of the panels width and compare the measurement to where it is you would want it cut.

It is very easy to make smaller even after you have sewn those panels together, you just go back and sew a little deeper.

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Date: 2/21/12 5:01 PM

Bumping up an old thread, because I never did get around to making that Burda banana skirt, but it's one of the patterns I'm considering making for a friend's wedding. Here's what I posted a few years ago:

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this skirt is way too long for me, too, so I'm going to have to shorten it at least 10" -- I think it will be much too wide at the bottom if I take this much out of the upper/narrow part... So what I'm planning to do is take a couple of inches out at the top, at the shortening line, and the rest off the bottom, by measuring up evenly from the hem and drawing a new hem edge.


I actually think I'll be shortening it about 11" -- so, any more impressions on whether lopping a lot off at the bottom (perpendicular to the hem) is a good idea?

Thanks!

ETA -- no hurry on the advice. I just realized that since my fabric is napped (faux suede) I'd need more fabric to cut the nine panels all in the same direction, so I'm going with a different pattern. But I am still interested in hearing feedback on whether shortening mostly from the bottom would work. Thanks.

-- Edited on 2/21/12 8:10 PM --

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