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Date: 4/13/12 4:23 PM

I purchased a stretch knit pencil skirt that rotates unfortunately when I walk.

Would adding something like SnugTex work? It is a waistband facing with 3 lines of "rubber."

I am also tempted to somehow attach the skirt to a pair of undies (like a skort, but with undies instead of shorts). I have to be able to wear the skirt with pantyhose (work dress code = no exposed leg skin).

Any other ideas to retrofit a skirt to stop the rotating?

Thanks in advance,
June

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Date: 4/13/12 7:04 PM

Are you wearing a slip? Half-slips seem to be harder to find these days but they are very useful.

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Date: 4/13/12 9:02 PM

Is the top of the skirt against your skin, or the pantyhose? There is a fabric-to-skin tape they sell in sewing stores. There are two types, be sure to get the one that is fabric-to-skin, not the fabric-to-fabric one, as that forms a permanent bond. I can't remember the name of it, but it is to hold clothes in place. It is advertised to hold tops in place, but would probably work for this.

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Date: 4/13/12 9:16 PM

This is an age old conundrum for which nobody has ever posed a convincing solution.

I have to wear a badge at work, so when I'm wearing a spinny-around skirt I clip the badge to the waistband of the skirt *and* my tights, which anchors the skirt in place. If you don't have to wear a work badge, I have no suggestions!

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Date: 4/13/12 9:51 PM

Ha ha, I wore this skirt for the first time and it was such an endeavor because there was 1) underwear, 2) Spanx that hooks to the bra, 3) pantyhose, 4) half slip [a necessity when skirts stick to hose], and 5) skirt. I'm trying to think of a way to streamline the outfit, in addition to stopping the rotating.

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Date: 4/13/12 9:54 PM

I combed through the archives here (and the youlookfab.com forum) and saw lots of people frustrated and few people with solutions.

Our dress code (which is ridiculous in its specificity) details that badges cannot be worn at waist level. Perhaps I'll start a new fashion trend with a waist-level brooch!?

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Date: 4/13/12 10:12 PM

Maybe you need "skirt stays" of some kind! I'm envisioning a ribbon or elastic loop for each leg, fastened to the inside of the skirt's waistband. Step through the loops and they should hold the skirt in place without being visible from outside. I've never actually seen anything like this but I can't think of why it wouldn't work. It would look strange on the inside, though

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Date: 4/13/12 11:41 PM

I haven't seen these attached to a skirt waistband but have used them in dancing costumes to keep a shirt/blouse tucked into skirt or pants by attaching elastic to the front and back of the blouse and stepping into the "leg holes" so I think this could work, (not sure how comfortable it would be to wear though for all day wear)?

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Date: 4/14/12 4:27 AM

Yes, it was the stays for holding a blouse or shirt in place that I was thinking of.

Now my mind is wandering to the stretchy "body suits" that fasten with poppers between the legs and were very popular about 20 years ago. Wow, those were a pain to go to the bathroom in! But it was lovely having a top that never came untucked. Now I don't have the stomach for that sort of clothing, in the most literal sense, but if I was a slender young thing I'd probably still wear them. I do like the idea of having an under-body to hold a more blousy top in place and keep the blouse part perfectly arranged but I haven't sewn anything like that, only seen it in couture sewing books.

Not that this has anything at all to do with skirts. Sorry there.

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Date: 4/14/12 5:04 PM

Wow, that brings back memories of the 50's-pencil skirts and bobby socks. And I do remember the skirts twisting. I have a vision of straightening it several times a day. I'd try some kind of gripping material inside the waistband. Attaching it to a top would probably work best. Think skirt plus camisole.

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