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Subject: Emma Watson brocade skirt - need pattern! Date: 11/29/11 10:38 AM

Hi there! I'm looking to recreate this skirt modeled by the lovely Emma Watson in Teen Vogue:



Anyone know a good pattern to work off of? Also, I'm curious to know what other people are sewing for the holidays!
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Date: 11/29/11 1:17 PM

looks like a mary katrantzou maybe? that'd be a good place for inspiration, anyway--she's awesome.
not counting the separation of the two front panels (you could also turn that into a box pleat in a single piece of fabric), I think you're basically looking for a modified dirndl skirt; just edit the gathers into pleats for a smoother waistline. A sort of stiff fabric will probably be important here--something drapey won't maintain that lampshade shape. And underlining might be a good idea here no matter what.
There are a couple current dress patterns that might work: V1273 has potential I think, though you'd probably want to increase the hem fullness. and bonus points for there being a waistline seam here, unlike...
M6463, which you'd have to futz around with a little (maybe just add a contoured waistband instead of the side bodice panels?). I think the central panel of this skirt helps control the poof, not to mention that it'll be more flattering to those of us (e.g. me) who don't look their best in all those CF gathers.
as for holiday sewing, I haven't decided what (if anything) I want to tackle. I have a couple of fancy options for parties already in my closet, so ... I may procrastinate again! I seem to do that every year.

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Date: 11/30/11 2:58 PM

NL6872 would be a good place to start- adding the inverted center pleat as mentioned by edot, and underlining it -you might possibly need to add a little to the bottom circumference- I can't tell.

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Date: 11/30/11 3:42 PM

Thank you for the suggestions! I'm trying to decipher if it could be done with your basic rectangular shape like for a dirndl skirt - modifying the gathers in the front to a pleat - or if there's some other type of pattern trickery used to achieve that shape.

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Date: 11/30/11 5:09 PM

fair warning: I have never done this, so take everything I say with a grain of salt.
I'm not sure if you can achieve this extreme sort of bell shape with just a rectangle. I'm thinking that the pleat/s and/or dart/s that you'll want to control the fullness of the skirt will need some contouring and shaping to give you a minimum of bulk at the waistline. (Think of how the top of a darted pencil skirt has jagged shaping going on where the sides of the dart meet, like piece #2 in this B5566.) It might also help to peg the skirt hemline a bit, to keep the poof-look a bit exaggerated. Here's an older (1960s) McCall's dress pattern that gives you the idea.

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Date: 11/30/11 5:47 PM

I was also thinking that a rectangle of fabric would work with the pleat in front. However it also appears that there are box pleats on the left side, so I wonder if it possibly has pleats all around and they meet in front. Please share what you come up with.

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Date: 12/1/11 0:11 AM

D&G top and skirtEmma Watson

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Date: 12/1/11 8:09 AM

A few years back, dressier skirts were being made with an elastic/butram at the bottom to give this look.
That might work too if you don't want the hips to look too wide.
M 6154 is a style I have for grandkids like this.

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Date: 12/1/11 8:36 AM

From the front view, it appears that the front is not pleated, but is an overskirt, either with a full or partial underskirt. Either way, you could do a muslin to give it a try. Also will need a very stiff crinoline to keep it so poofy.

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Date: 12/1/11 2:16 PM

If this is an overskirt it is a very 1950's idea- like this: 1950's simplicity pattern
you may be able to find a viintage pattern that will fill the bill.
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