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changing my 2-dart skirt sloper into flared skirt with pleats
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Date: 1/25/12 9:27 AM

i'm trying to draft this skirt:



you can see that it has a (very slight) flare and the darts have been converted to pleats, but not all the way around. just where the darts would be.

i have a basic 2-dart skirt sloper. i was planning this:

1 - close the darts to create flair
2 - create a pleat cluster by slashing and spreading, using the closed darts as placement guides

is that the right order? is there a better way?

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Date: 1/25/12 2:06 PM

That sounds about the way I'd go about it. (unless someone comes along and says something different.)

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Date: 1/25/12 4:31 PM

whew. i hope i'm not overthinking it :-)

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Date: 1/25/12 9:58 PM

Yes to 1 and Yes to 2. Close the dart so it will give you more fabric at the bottom of the skirt; don't just close the dart--it needs to go somewhere. Slash and spread the total amount you want for your pleats. For example, if you want four 2" pleats per skirt piece, slash and spread 8".

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Date: 1/26/12 1:08 PM

brilliant. t hat is exactly what i went home and did last night, and it worked like a charm. tissue-fitting suggested that i got exactly the look i was going for, but i'm planning a mockup in fabric as well before i cut into anything precious.

still, there's something amazing about moving darts around and getting the look you want!

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