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MissSongbird

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Date: 3/6/13 3:07 PM

http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/4890/s39981.jpg < Picture Here

These kinds of dresses (dress with points going into a skirt) are very popular in ballroom dancing costuming. I was wondering if this style/ type of dress has a name.

Also I was wondering if anyone has ever made a dress of this type. I want to make one of my own, but I'm not entirely sure how to go about it. I could figure it out if I had to but I was hoping someone had some tips or ideas on how to go about it.

Thanks in advance!
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Date: 3/6/13 3:51 PM

Hi...I've made a couple of skirts years ago similar to that. Those sections are called Godets and they are circular sections which are set into the garment. If you search for Godet you will find lots of examples. I'm not sure of what patterns are available as it's years since I made mine

ps...I found this when googling http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmelY51UlLA
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Date: 3/6/13 3:54 PM

Those inserts are called "godets" which may help with your search. I've seen commercial patterns of skirts or dresses with godets in it. There was a Threads magazine article a while back that's basically a godet tutorial but I don't remember which one exactly.

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Date: 3/6/13 4:05 PM

How would one do godets like the ones in the picture. Would you end up sewing the godet inserts to together? Just like take godets and magnify them til the skirt is just the points? (Does that make sense?)

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Date: 3/6/13 4:54 PM

Here's a tutorial with lots of pictures.

Sometimes the "panels" (as the tutorial calls them) actually narrow until they disappear. Sort of like this:


I had a dress (in the 80s) that had diamond shaped godets that met at the side points. The "panels" were gores that also were somewhat diamond shaped. If that makes sense. (I can't seem to find a picture similar online.)

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Date: 3/6/13 6:50 PM

Miss Songbird - I have made 7 ballroom gowns (planning stages of #8) and each has had godets to add fullness to the bottom. Some have been in all the same fabric and some have had organza or chiffon godets. My blog is here so feel free to look around and ask any questions.

There is also a great site here where I got my start. Tons of good info there.

I am always excited to have a new ballroom person on the board!

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Date: 5/11/13 10:49 AM

Hi :)

I'm new here, just found this thread on google. I made several ballroom skirts with godets already, the extra information in the tutorial posted here is very helpful.

Right now I am working on another ballroom dress. It's a dress I bought in a regular shop, with a straight-ish skirt. To use it for dancing, I want to cut splits (not sure if that is the right word) the skirt, and add godets from very light see-through fabric.

The thing is, since the skirt is made of one piece, and i am cutting in the openings for the godets, I don't have any room for seam allowance. I can probably make it work somehow, but I don't want to mess up, so i was wondering if one of you maybe has a tip or two that could help.

thanks in advance!

X Michelle

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Date: 8/11/14 11:31 AM

What a fabulous thread! I've begun dancing, and although I'm not going to be competing, I am trying to make myself some skirts to practice in.

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Date: 8/11/14 12:02 PM

Quote: Dancingqueen

... a straight-ish skirt. To use it for dancing, I want to cut splits (not sure if that is the right word) the skirt, and add godets from very light see-through fabric.

The thing is, since the skirt is made of one piece, and i am cutting in the openings for the godets, I don't have any room for seam allowance. I can probably make it work somehow, but I don't want to mess up, so i was wondering if one of you maybe has a tip or two that could help.
X Michelle


The cut edges of the slash will provide you with a enough fabric for seam allowances. Here is a nice website with an embedded video showing the process.
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Date: 8/11/14 12:08 PM

I don't think you really need any seam allowance for a godet if you really don't want one. You could always just cut a slit in an existing skirt any place you wish, and take your pie shaped godet that you make with a segment of a circle, turn all the raw edges of it under, spread the slit open and even just top stitch it down on top. That would make it really easy.

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