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Date: 4/23/14 6:53 PM

Hello Lovely people!

I am making the following skirt (see image) and was wondering what the best way to go about it would be.
I am quite experienced in pattern cutting but would love a 2nd opinion from the knowledgeable people here at PR!

I am debating :

A) whether to cut it as a large drindle/gather skirt from a rectangle (with side seams) or wether that may just produce too much gathering at the top.

B) cut it as a large flare skirt and add gathers to waist?


I know there will be a large under petticoat/ crinoline to support it.

What do you guys think?


Thanks!!


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Date: 4/23/14 6:57 PM

I think a gored/flared gathered skirt is the best way to get that shape. A dirndl style skirt may end up not pouf enough at the bottom or too juice gathers at the waist to get the pouf you want.

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Date: 4/23/14 6:57 PM

Definitely not a rectangle. I wonder if there are gores added in the side? Definitely flared- but how flared I don't know.

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Date: 4/23/14 7:14 PM

I think you guys are right.

From what I can gather there are seams (not just side seams) so I would imagine it was a 4 piece skirt?

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Date: 4/23/14 8:17 PM

Very pretty! Definitely trapezoid pieces and I would think 4 of them. The fabric looks stiff but seems to have gathered up nicely. I wonder if it has a hoop attached? Hard to get that much pouf without some heavy duty underpinning.

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Date: 4/23/14 9:55 PM

My niece's wedding dress looked a lot like that. It looked heavy too, but when she was dressing, I noticed that it was actually extremely lightweight. The fabric was backed with a stiff organza (looked like silk, but I don't know that for sure) and there was a separate hoop structure under the skirt. And seriously, just air between her legs and the hoops.

And you'll definitely want wedges, not rectangles.

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Date: 4/23/14 10:18 PM

One trick if you use a rectangle is to make small 1/2" darts about 4 inches long every 8 inches or so before you gather it up.
When I did costume sewing I made 6 yd border print skirts using that technique.

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Date: 4/23/14 11:17 PM

The fabric looks like duchesse satin which is probably underlined with silk organza.

I think the front of the skirt is nearly a rectangle, maybe some angle at the side seam or an angle created by a pleat that hides the pockets maybe. I get the feeling the back is fuller with more angled seams, like a train of sorts.

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Date: 4/24/14 6:50 AM

Quote: goodworks1
My niece's wedding dress looked a lot like that. It looked heavy too, but when she was dressing, I noticed that it was actually extremely lightweight. The fabric was backed with a stiff organza (looked like silk, but I don't know that for sure) and there was a separate hoop structure under the skirt. And seriously, just air between her legs and the hoops.



And you'll definitely want wedges, not rectangles.

Such great comments everyone!!


The fabric I am using will be cream taffeta and I have made a large tulle slip to go underneath (at the moment it looks like a fairy godmother's costume!) But maybe I should add a hoop as well?

I also plan to use horse hair on the hem to get it to pop a bit more... what do you guys think?

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Date: 4/25/14 3:15 PM

Thats interesting Diane, what does that do?

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