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Posted by: Virginia

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Posted on: 12/1/04 11:47 AM
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I'm tired of wrap skirts that slide open as you sit down, or fly open in the wind.
I like my new wool suit, it has blue velveteen on the top half of the convertable collar, nice lapel, and small plaid rust, cream and peacock blue plaid with a navy lining, and navy buttons. But I detest the wrap skirt, the lining makes it slide even worse. So I sat down and started drawing different ideas for the skirt. First I drew godettes in the back, but then decided on straight kick pleats. I wanted two so there would be plenty of room when stepping into a car. (1) First I removed the lining. (2) There is a back zipper and seam and I'm measuring 6" away from the seam on each side. I've cut open 12" pleats on each side but I'm stuck here. Could someone help? I could (A) Hem them with 2" bias pieces, sewn with a stiched arrow at the top of the pleat for support. (Stiched arrow is what I'm calling it during my senior moment.) This would require a wool rectangular piece to fit under the hemmed pleat. The wool vertical rectangle would just peek out from the back, and I would sew across its top onto the skirt with neutral colored thread. Or (B): Use lining material for the sides of the under-pleat, attaching to the back wool piece, and then letting the wool peek through from the back. It would press very flat this way. (Any suggestions here?) (3) The front__ of the skirt looks like a straight skirt when the opened side seam (wrap part) is sewn closed, and the extra material underneath will be removed for the pleats in the back of the skirt. It will go behind the pleats. (4) The lining shouldn't be a problem if I just put in some extra 2" folds on each side. (5) Tip> I always shorten the suit jacket. I was measured in a Fashion Apparel Class at college and the instructor said I am too short between the hip and knee area and should never wear long (Below the hip) suit jackets. (I'm actually 5'7") They make me look shorter and heavier.

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candyo said... (12/2/04 9:40 AM) Reply
Yes, this definitely belongs on the message boards.
SewVeryTall said... (12/2/04 3:04 AM) Reply
It's a shame you've already cut into the skirt, kick pleats need to be where there is a seam [like one kick pleat in the back seam]. You need the seam fabric to finish the pleat. To chop into a skirt without a complete plan...major mistake.
Like others have said here, this should be on the Message Boards where people ask and answer questions. This area is for giving tips and techniques. You've been told this before.
Georgene said... (12/1/04 8:28 PM) Reply
Good idea Virginia, but sounds like you haven't quite got it figured out yet! To get to the message boards, click on the link near the top of the menu at the left. You will have to register separately from the main PR board, its not the same software and requires a separate log-in. Follow the prompts in the upper left-hand corner to register and log-in.
Stitchology said... (12/1/04 1:50 PM) Reply
This would do better in the message board as it is not a tip, but a request for help.
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