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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > Advice wanted on hemming a circle skirt ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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Date: 10/31/12 7:22 PM

I sewed a dress for my daughter for a halloween costume. It's done, and I'm not fixing it, but I'm wondering if I have done something wrong in the way I attached the skirt to the bodice. I am going to try to show some pictures of the skirt before I hemmed it. I got it even, but I had to cut off quite a bit of material in some places and the skirt ended up shorter than I would have liked. I cut off 4 inches in places, and none in others



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Date: 10/31/12 7:51 PM

I'm not sure about doing something wrong while attaching it, but it looks like this might be a slinky sort of fabric, and I've had issues like this with slinky fabrics before, but the cause was that the fabric had gotten distorted during cutting. Is it possible that this is the problem you're dealing with?

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Date: 10/31/12 8:06 PM

Thanks for the reply. The fabric is a very thin polyester satin (charmeuse?). It didn't move as much as most knits I've sewn with. The pattern called for you to make the pattern piece by drawing two circles (one for the waist seam and one for the hem) to a quarter circle and cutting out three pieces (one on a fold). It seemed ok when cutting out, the short bits seemed to be at the side seams, so the pieces that were long would have been in the centre of the quarter circle where the fabric would be on the bias (I think).

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Date: 10/31/12 8:08 PM

This is typical for a circular skirt. Some areas hang from the waist on the straight of grain, others hang on the bias and it is normal to have the hem hang out with this much difference. You did nothing wrong. You did do right by letting it hang so the difference will settle out and you can then cut and have an even hem. Your bodice has nothing to do with it.

Your daughter also may be a bit swayback. I had a terrible swayback posture as a child and my hems always hung crazily. I grew out of it and I bet she will too.
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Date: 10/31/12 8:10 PM

Thanks, I wasn't sure about that! I must look at DDs posture. Unfortunately, I made the dress a little small, so it only just goes on her!

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Date: 10/31/12 8:27 PM

Yes, I am often stunned at how much fabric I have to cut off my skirts in some places where other spots are barely enough. So glad I learned about hanging skirts like these before hemming!

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Date: 11/1/12 4:49 AM

Thanks for the replies, sounds like it's normal so .

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Date: 11/1/12 1:35 PM

In my DD wedding dress I was interested to see that the waist was not a circle but an oval and it worked much better than the other circle skirts I've tried. When I thought about it my waist is not a circle at all.

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