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Message Board > Fitting Woes > A skirt yoke tricked me! ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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A skirt yoke tricked me!
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Date: 12/17/11 10:35 PM

Hi, I'm a super beginner. I am making New Look 6594. I was so excited to make it up, it's such pretty fabric! I did a small mock up by pinning the yoke pattern pieces together. I though I had it fit....

I worked for so long carefully making the skirt up, only to try it on and be disappointed Sewing keeps trying to crush my spirits with failure!!

Here are my pics. front
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So here are my issues, it sits lower than it should (I wanted it to sit about on the belly button. I noticed from side on, that it's much higher in the back (it probably sits just fine there!)
I think the fact that it sits lower than it should is unflattering because the horizontal seam at the bottom of the yoke makes it look unbalanced and doesn't show off the pleats at the right height...

So, what can I do to fix this? (I've only just gotten over the fact I'll have to take out my zipper... I worked so hard and it ACTUALLY looked good!!) I thought maybe I could just sort of cut off the bottom of the yoke? Take off maybe 1 inch at centre front and taper that to nothing somewhere after the side seam?

Oh also, did you notice my matched side seam? I was SO proud, it's my first!! Don't say I have to get rid of that....

Thanks so much for your help in advance! I don't have anyone in real life who can help!

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Date: 12/17/11 10:57 PM

You have done a great job!! It's really cute-I like that fabric too. Looks to be too big inthe waist. Just undo the zip and take in the sides evenly. Baste first! Then when you like the fit, sew. My first skirts were all too big, though lately they seem to be too small (food, not fitting)

Keep going, you are doing fine.

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Date: 12/18/11 1:00 AM

I have to agree with Marec, I think your skirt is just a little too big in the waist. Your fabric is beautiful & the pattern you chose is very attractive. You should be very proud of your garment as it looks lovely. Do as Marec says to take it in the small amount required at the waist. Best wishes for your future garments.

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Date: 12/18/11 2:22 AM

I agree with Marec and Stitchwench. Unpick the yoke seams part way down at first, and see if angling the seam in a bit more at the waist, especially on the front piece, will do the trick. Test this idea by pinning it on you before stitching. If you only need to remove fabric at waist level and not at the bottom of the yoke level you won't have to touch the side seams on your skirt. (impressive matching!).

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Date: 12/18/11 8:19 AM

It took me forever to find this but I wonder if it isn't the same issue you're having.
It's a balance thing-Lena

By the way, it's a very cute skirt made with fun, happy fabric.

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Date: 12/18/11 3:57 PM

As Barb said, the skirt is not balanced. Unfortunately at this stage you can take it in at waist and it will make it sit much better. And yes, you'll have to remove the zipper first
Try making a straight muslin skirt next and level out the balance, and then use the improved patterns for your other skirts. You'll be impressed with how much more comfortable they will be.
But I must say, this skirt is very cute :)

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Date: 12/18/11 5:06 PM

have someone pin the sides in. Take in a much so it feel comfortable. one you have that done. it might be a little more balanced. One it fits nicely. have someone take a yard stick and go around with you in the skirt. Pin all the way around. This will give you a nice even look once you have that skirt right.
show us the finshed skirt.

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Date: 12/18/11 6:51 PM

Thank you all for your help! I will summon up my unpicking courage and get it done right! I will either finish it very soon or not until after New Year's! But I will let you know the results! I am determined to get this skirt looking great! :)

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Date: 12/18/11 8:18 PM

What's the distance of CF starting at the bottom of the yoke, to the hem? Is it the same as CB in the same area? I'm looking at your side view, and although the yoke is lower in the front, the hem is higher in the front (at least it looks that way in the picture) So if you were to take in the side seams, and make the yoke sit higher, the skirt hem will be too high in the front and you will have to lower the front hem--just the front.

Your problem is that you have a high hip. Take a look at the scarf on the chair in the side view picture and you will see your upper hip jutting out. The fabric in the back is sitting on it, but you don't have the same amount in the front for the fabric to sit on, so the yoke is sitting lower.

The next time you make this skirt, make your front piece (both the yoke and skirt) about 1/2" narrower than the back, especially in the waist area.

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Date: 12/19/11 4:21 AM

Miss Fairchild, the yoke is higher in the front because I haphazardly pinned it up to get a better idea of the finished product but didn't bother with the back
Thanks for your advice on my body! I will be sure to process it when I have enough brainpower! (Right now it's time for bed! lol)

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