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Date: 4/20/12 11:49 PM

I'm making Vogue 8766 (view A) for my daughter. It's a strapless bodice with a fitted, straight skirt. However, she wants the dress to be floor length. Although it's easy enough to lengthen the pattern (it's straight), I need to change something so she can actually walk in the dress.

I could try to add some shape to the skirt bottom so it's not as narrow, but I'm afraid we'll end up with the "mermaid" look, which she doesn't like.

I'm thinking I may just add leave a slit in one of the side seams. If I hand tack the lining around the slit opening, I should be able to keep it from flopping around and showing. My main concern with this option is the skirt construction calls for 2 rows of stitching at the side and back seams, with seam allowances pressed to one side, but a slit would work best with a standard seam that is pressed open. I'm assuming this is to keep the seams from popping open (fabric is cut on the cross grain and fit is snug), but since I'm using an underlining possibly a single row of stitching would be ok... I'd probably use a slight zig zag to give it a bit of stretch anyway.

Do you think the slit option would work alright? Is there another option I haven't thought of? I'd welcome any suggestions...

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Date: 4/21/12 2:12 AM

If she wants a straight floor length skirt, then the slit would be the easiest option. I think you are on the right track

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Date: 4/21/12 7:51 AM

You can add a kick pleat or a vent to the back seam.

The purpose of a kick pleat or a vent is to provide ease for walking.

Many pencil skirt and dress patterns have one....I would just seek out one of those and then draft it onto the bottom of the skirt, making the pleat itself longer due to the length of the skirt of course.

For example, this Kay Unger pattern from Vogue has a vent in the back, which is hidden when not walking: Vogue 1271
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Date: 4/21/12 3:49 PM

I think I will put the slit in the back -- guess I just have to decide whether to do a simple slit in the back seam or add a vent. I also tapered the skirt out 3/4" on each edge when I lengthened it, which will add an extra 3" at the bottom. I thought it might look a little better too, but I guess I'll find out soon!

Thanks for the responses!

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