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what skirts twirl best?
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Date: 6/1/13 11:51 PM

Googling twirly skirts gets more than one DIY skirt design: gored; spiral; 3/4 & full circles; tiered; bias; rectangle dirndles that double waist measurement and gather in the top fullness. None of the tutorials addressed whether the shape achieved when twirling was a solid cone, rippling cone, waffle cone, flat plane, jet plane, lampshade/trapezoid, oblate sphereroid, whatever. That, of course, is what I want to know. I'm not sure what shape I want anymore, but I don't want to sew each skirt to learn which one makes what shape. Care to share experience?

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Date: 6/2/13 0:18 AM

Any full skirt with Godets.

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Date: 6/2/13 0:26 AM

Fabric makes a big difference, too. Something with a nice hand and drape. And "fluttery" is better for twirl.

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Date: 6/2/13 0:49 AM

A full circle skirt will give you a flat plane. As you remove sections from the full circle, you'll get a tighter and tighter cone. A rectangular skirt will not twirl well at all; you'll get more of a cylinder shape.

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Date: 6/2/13 10:38 AM

It also depends on the fabric and hem treatment. Horsehair braid (crin) on the hem or a fishline hem will make the skirt move differently. As for fabric, a tulle or net skirt will move as a unit, where a softer, finer fabric will ripple.

A big, full, bottom heavy skirt moves more like an ocean wave and will have some movement even after the person stops moving. A lighter skirt moves more like a ripply stream.

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Date: 6/2/13 4:39 PM

Wow, thanks! Hem treatments, fabric choices, underlayers...I have answers to questions I hadn't even thought of yet! This is awesome! Thank you all!

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Date: 6/2/13 8:57 PM

My favorite twirler is a bias cut circle skirt: you get a relatively flat surface with edge ripples that looks gorgeous in action. Uses more fabric than a circle skirt cut in gores on the grain but sooooo much nicer.

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Date: 6/2/13 9:30 PM

I always made circle skirts for dance dresses, they twirl the best!

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Date: 6/3/13 0:53 AM

Twirly skirts: Here is Ginger Rogers in that dress in 'Never Gonna Dance' from the film 'Swing Time.'

And here is an analysis of the cut of the dress.




-- Edited on 6/3/13 0:55 AM --

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Date: 6/3/13 1:24 AM

Elona, that dress is AMAZING. Thanks for sharing both links.

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