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DaisyGrubber

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Date: 1/16/12 1:46 PM

I saw someone recently in a shop (it was Liberty's in London actually, which explains a lot) wearing the most beautiful skirt. It looked as though it was really an evening skirt. It was quite full, froufy and sticky out, made of some kind of mesh overlayer(s) with sequins on. I can't find a pattern for anything similar, but it needn't be exactly the same anyway.

I just want to make myself a very full skirt. The two skirts I can make without a pattern though are either a straight gathered one, which is not flattering on someone like me with big hips, or a circular one, which I don't think will give me the effect I want, as it will mean the mesh sits very flat on the underlayer.

Any suggestions? I have bought some black mesh with flocked spots on, and a dark purple lining fabric.
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Date: 1/16/12 2:50 PM

Here's a suggestion which may help...

Go to Google Images, enter a few terms which capture the essence of the skirt you saw-- "poofy" or "sequined" or whatever., and see if you can find a picture that's close.

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Date: 1/16/12 2:59 PM

Or, if you're so inclined, draw a picture, and link to that image.

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Date: 1/16/12 3:14 PM

Good point. I realised that essentially what I'm after is a ballerina skirt, which led me to this

Which does actually look like it's a circular skirt or something similar, but with a lot more underlayers than I currently have fabric for.

Here is another link to I think the same skirt, which shows the circularness more clearly: link.

The skirt I saw had much softer, drapier fabric, but was more or less this, I think.
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Date: 1/16/12 4:39 PM

You can cheat those under layers like they did in your second link. I can't tell if they have 3 or 4 layers of the 'net', but if you want the illusion of more layers, you can add some to the edge of a different under layer. The added amount would only need to be enough to flounce for you. And you could mimic the slimness of the hips in that same link by streamlining the fit of the upper layers. You could choose to keep the 'net' length extension streamlined also, or gather it onto the underlayer to match the circumference of your outer layers.

Very pretty look. This skirt shape is not the full circle you were hoping for, but may stretch your fabric for you. V8381.

And relliotts has just chosen this pattern V1102. I think you will enjoy seeing the envelope picture showing the sweep of the skirt relative to the pattern drawing.

Best wishes.
P.S. What a great place to hang out for design ideas!
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Date: 1/16/12 5:27 PM

You might also consider vintage patterns, which often feature froofy skirts like that. Here's a link to Vogue's selection of vintage designs.

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Date: 1/16/12 6:47 PM

What do you mean by streamlining the fit of the upper layers?

Using just flounces on some of the layers is a good idea.

If it really is a circle I can do that easily enough without a pattern. Not 100% sure it's a full circle rather than maybe 3/4 of a circle. And are ALL the layers equally circular - the lining might be a half/ three quarter circle or something.

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Date: 1/16/12 7:07 PM

Daisy - you need to do a circle, but it doesn't need to be cut as a full circle and if you make the waist a bit bigger than your actual waist you will get the gathering at the waistline. There are tons of online tutorials for making them. You probably don't want the gathers at the waist (too bulky) on the underskirts, so just take your pattern piece (that you have created from one of the tutorials) and add some darts from the waist down to remove some of the fullness. If you actually dart the pattern piece, you won't have to sew them in, you will just be cutting a smaller circumference at the waist. Just make sure it is still big enough to go around you!

The Pattern Review Book has instructions for making a flounce, but they are probably all over the web as well. You can make very interesting effects by using different colours for under and over skirts and different levels of sheerness. Adding a flounce in another colour can look really great. One of my current favourite ballroom gowns has the dress and most of the underskirt white, but with a heavy row of bright red crin (horsehair braid) at the bottom edge of the underskirt. Gorgeous!

If you do more than two layers and you aren't interested in doing a full flare see-your-undies-when-you-spin sort of thing, you can make the innermost layer out of some soft lingerie fabric and have it fit fairly close to the body.

Have fun!

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