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Date: 8/23/07 10:22 PM

I was at a conference yesterday and noticed a woman with a pencil skirt that really hugged her bum (the underneath curve as well as the top).

I was *discretely* staring at the skirt trying to figure out how to construct one similar.

The front section was made up of 3 vertical panels and the back 4 vertical panels. The centre back was a split. The darts had obviously been incorporated into the seams of the panels.

I know how to replicate the panels on an existing pattern but I'm curious as to where/how I would alter so the skirts hugs the underneath of my bottom. Alternatively, can anyone recommend an existing pattern that achieves this look?

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Date: 8/23/07 10:47 PM

Oh!!! I just finished one tonight!!! It's not QUITE a pencil skirt though, but it's definitely butt hugging! It's Butterick 4859!

I'm all about the sexy skirts for fall, so I made this one out of a pretty lightweight wool blend. I haven't put up a review just yet b/c I need to let it hang overnight before I do the hem and take final pictures. Here's a photo of it's Butt huggy-ness.

Next on the list is vogue 7937. I hope to create the same effect on that one. The butterick pattern was designed for it though, I think.

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Date: 8/23/07 11:30 PM

Okay, I'm sitting here comparing the line drawings on the two patterns...the vogue is clearly a straight skirt, but the butterick has a definite inward curve right below the hips. I bet if you bought the butterick pattern, you could put that curve onto just about any straight skirt pattern. The front of skirt B is just one piece so that one would be easiest to use. I'm going to try it with my first vogue.

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Date: 8/23/07 11:31 PM

Do you know what the fabric was?

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Date: 8/24/07 2:23 AM

It was a herringbone/tweed fabric. Definitely woven, not knit.

Thanks for the pattern suggestions. I really like the Vogue pattern with the different back options.
-- Edited on 8/24/07 3:05 AM --

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Date: 8/24/07 4:08 AM

Hot Patterns have a couple of butt-hugging skirts:
Artful Dodger Bustled Back skirt (the name says it all!)
Deco Vibe Flippy Skirt
Miss Moneypenny Trumpet Skirts

Apart from the last one, they're not panelled skirts, but you might get inspiration from them. They got good reviews here, check out the reviewers' pictures to see the effect.
I'm planning on making the Trumpet Skirt whenever my pattern arrives.
-- Edited on 8/24/07 4:10 AM --

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Date: 8/24/07 8:38 AM

Really, you can make any pattern you have fit this way.

After staystitching the waistline of all your skirt pieces, pin them together [pins parallel to the raw edge]. Then try the skirt on, wrong side out. Pin the zipper area closed after you have it on, to hold it in place. Now you can repin the seams so it's more fitted.

Just remove equally. In other words, what you remove from one side seam should be equal to what you remove from the other side seam. Or if you have more panels, and remove from the back 'princess seams', remove from them equally.

It helps to have someone help repin, but you can do it yourself...just means repinning and re-trying it on more.

Really a very easy change :)

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Date: 8/24/07 9:13 AM

All those vertical seams are princess seams and can be shaped just as in a blouse. A simple one piece front and one piece back skirt can be "pegged" by tapering the seams from the full hip to the hem a little which will cause the skirt to hug the bum some. With more seams you have more opportunity for fine tuning the shaping.

ETA The skirt on Vogue 4859 has the lines you describe.
-- Edited on 8/24/07 9:15 AM --

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Date: 8/24/07 10:18 AM

Check out the new Burda 7895. It has beautiful seaming in the back, and definitely hugs the bum!
http://www.burdamode.com/Skirts,1270778-1128998-1002130-1534447,enEN.html

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Date: 8/28/07 4:48 AM

Thanks Tiner for the heads up on Burda pattern 7895, it's a lovely skirt and I am going to make it. FYI it's in August 2006 issue of Burda magazine, design number 103. So if you have this mag you can trace it off.

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