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Calendria
Calendria
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Date: 12/25/11 1:28 AM

I was wanting to sew a tier skirt (gypsy skirt) but i am short. so i was wondering if I should modify the lenth and amount of tiers so I can get away with it.

is there any way to make it a bit more slimming, also for a short plus-size?

thanx.

Michelle T

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Date: 12/25/11 8:18 AM

You have two posts about skirts, you say you are short ans plus sized. How short and how plus sized?

I am 5'4" and 200 lbs. I carry a lot of my weight in my belly, not my hips or bum. I am busty and have very fully upper arms.

I have and do wear gypsy styles shirts, but only in Summer and as a casual skirt, I do not wear them to work (anymore). I pair them with a plain t-shirt (not too fitted, but not baggy). The skirts I have are very colourful, so a print on top would just be too busy.

For work I usually wear slacks, but do have a couple of more fitted (not tight) solid coloured pencil skirts I wear with a fuller blouse. I do wear print tops with solid bottoms.

In your other thread you mention wrap skirts. I never feel comfortable in a wrap skirt.

Petite Plus has a few skirt patterns:








If you go to the Petite Plus website and click on the links for each pattern you will see the patterns made up in various fabrics.

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Date: 12/25/11 12:39 PM

I'm also 5'4", and when I was a plus size, I leaned toward the broomstick style peasant skirts over the tiered ones. Each tier is a progressively bigger ruffle, after all, adding bulk and horizontal emphasis all the way down. A broomstick skirt, OTOH, can be made nice and full by using a lightweight fabric, and all those vertical lines from the folds/crinkles give an illusion of height and narrowness.

Gored skirts (like Simplicity 2184) are another way to get satisfying fullness and swish at the hemline, without adding bulk to the midsection or hips.

An interesting twist on the tiered style is Simplicity 2416 (which is a Khalia Ali/plus pattern). It has diagonal tiers that are not gathered, which lets the eye skim downward, a more flattering look than big horizontal ruffles.

I always felt lovely and feminine in my peasant skirts, but alas they're not so practical for my life these days! (I get my long skirt fix with my historical costuming now. :D)


-- Edited on 12/25/11 12:39 PM --

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Calendria
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Date: 12/25/11 1:52 PM

okay, thanx ladies. I think I'll stick with my tiered broomstick skirt then. thanx.

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