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Date: 6/11/13 5:20 PM

I've got a couple nice Batiks/rayons for A-line type summer skirts.
Have a basic pattern, NL 6843. Do any of you have a favorite Freebie from a Blog? Sometimes I'm lazy and just want a pull-on, no zipper, and hate doing ruffling.

Skirts are so much cooler in summer than pants and of course too cold here in winter weather. I have shortened and re-purposed those from garages sales and thrift shops. Just found a nice long Orivis brand, but too much fabric around the gathered waist, so I cut it down to an A-line.

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Date: 6/11/13 8:57 PM

Great way to introduce yourself to lekala patterns. You enter your measurements (in centimeters), tell it whether you want seam allowances or not, choose paper size (you want Letter) and tomorrow morning, you'll have a custom pattern in your inbox. Here are their free skirt patterns

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Date: 6/11/13 10:21 PM

Thanks!
Is there a chart for fabric yardage on the patterns?

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Date: 6/12/13 0:42 AM

I know that you said that you don't want to do ruffling but here are directions to make a cute tiered skirt. Tiered Skirt

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Date: 6/12/13 5:36 AM

Nope, no fabric chart on any of their patterns; you can make an educated guess by looking at something similar in the Big4.

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Date: 6/15/13 12:37 PM

Don't have a tute, but am sitting here wearing a pull-on A-line skirt from KMart.com and its genius is the half-lining. This let them make an elastic waist skirt with good waist shaping, so it hangs nicely instead of "poking out" at side seams. It would be very easy to sew. It's just two A-line shapes with a gentle waist curve, attached at the waist and then a channel made for the elastic by stitching the two layers together. The inner slip is less full than the outer skirt and has two cute little side seam slits.

Another A-line shape I like for elastic is to cut the same skirt shape, with curved waist shaping, but instead of a lining, add on a casing made out of self or contrast fabric. For anyone with hips this will fit better than a straighter skirt with a fold-over casing. However, to avoid bulk, you have to choose your casing fabric carefully or even make the backside of the casing fabric out of something like batiste or lining fabric on the bias, and don't turn under the raw edge; plus grade all your seams. By the time you do all that the half-lining may be less work, actually.

If you wear everything untucked then the whole casing could be made of bias Bemberg rayon and would be unbelievably comfortable and unbulky, with no top seam.

I think also they may have cut the skirt with a non-linear side seam--a less acute slope from waist to just above knee, and then a subtle flare from there on down. I've done that in other skirts and it really improves the look--more graceful and swingy.
-- Edited on 6/15/13 12:39 PM --

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Date: 6/15/13 5:06 PM

I've seen RTW skirts with the swing bottom, usually several set-in inverted V-shapes. I assume cutting all in one to flare them out would only work with knits.

I think the half-lining idea mainly saves them money over the standard full lining to avoid show-thru in light fabrics.

What's everyone's favored bottom width for A-lines, depending on fabric??
I've measured from 46" thru over 60" for around a size 10-12.
Knits and rayons will gather softly with a wide width. Stretch poplin, cottons hang better with a slimmer A-line.

-- Edited on 6/16/13 8:28 AM --

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