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Posted by: els

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Posted on: 6/12/03 3:57 PM
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I made a tapered skirt matching my Geoffrey Beene jacket which is very widht at the hemline,so to get a slimming look I made a muslin for a real tapered calf lenght skirt.The muslin skirt went well but I deceided to taper it some more ,I started at 4 inches beneath the hipline tapering to the hemline.I made the skirt and it was a nice outfit,but when I wore my outfit on a day to a seminar there was a teeny,tiny problem.Using the ladies room was not that easy,and although I made a muslin skirt I never thoughed of trying my skirt using the ladies room.Because I went for a slender illusion I tapered my skirt to much and now I was not able to rise my skirt over and above my hips.
The next day I ripped out the back seam from the hemline till 3 inches beneath my back seam zipper and put an extra long invisible zipper in but downwards.Just for the sanitary stop I can unzip my long zipper and I can close it the whole lenght or just leave a bit open and it will look like a slit.So I learned the hard way to have a slimmer look but I will never forget this experiment in the ladies room.My suggestion is always use an extra long zipper with the zipperstop sewn downwards to achieve that o so wanted slim appearance

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villager said... (5/26/09 9:14 PM) Reply
I love this!
Karla Kizer said... (6/13/03 8:24 AM) Reply
You figured out a great solution to this problem. A few years ago, Burda magazine featured a pattern for a skirt with a seam that ran from the waist to the hem on the left side of the front. They included this upside down invisible zipper in the seam, so that the wearer could adjust the height of the slit; a simple skirt could be very conservative with the zipper completely closed, or daring with it unzipped all the way. I thought it was very clever. You came up with a great variation.
MaryBeth said... (6/12/03 9:31 PM) Reply
Good one, els! That must have been a shocker. Now I understand the upside down zipper suggestion elsewhere.
NancyDaQ said... (6/12/03 7:03 PM) Reply
The invisible sounds like a great solution!
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