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Message Board > Fitting Woes > Newb fitting a skirt (overfitting? maybe just over my head) - opinions, advice, comments welcome ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Date: 9/2/10 9:57 PM

I'm a part of the woven-skirt-with-lining sewalong and would like some input about the way this thing fits. I don't want to clutter up that thread with endless muslins Maybe I can jump back in there after I've made some more progress on my own.

I posted pics in the thread, but thought a video might be more helpful here.

Apologies for the completely wacked out sewing! Try not to be offended


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Date: 9/2/10 11:07 PM

What a clever idea to use a video! But, I have to pause it to see some of the fitting issues 'cuz I'm slow!

It looks pretty good, I think you have the back darts placed pretty well. Though I think they should be a bit smaller (darts should stop before the biggest part of the curve, so they release the fabric over the biggest part.)

The main thing I see is the side seam.

The side seam (SS) isn't balanced, it should be in the center of your leg. So, it is closer to the front it means you need more fabric in the front and/or less in the back. In this case, if you like the amount of room you have at the hip, you could just redraw the side seam to center it.

You really need to attach a waistband or facing to hold the skirt up before you can finetune the fit. The bit in the front you are pinching in - are you going to gather that or add darts or what? You need to account for that fabric somewhere!

A standard straight skirt should go straight down from the widest part of the hip. Yours goes in quite a bit, which is why it is restricting your movement a bit. But, I guess that's the fit of a pencil skirt style, so it's up to you how much 'ease' you want for walking.

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Date: 9/3/10 10:44 AM

I think it's a clever idea to use a striped fabric for the muslin, because then you don't have to futz around with pulling threads to straighten the grain! Just straighten the stripes and go! You also don't have to worry about it getting off-grain again farther down the fabric.

I want to learn how to post videos, too, cool idea.

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Date: 9/3/10 3:27 PM

Why do you need to hold up the front? This could be distorting many things. I would address that first before anything else.

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Date: 9/3/10 10:47 PM

It looks like the side seam issue could be related to the fabric you are holding together at CF (I'm assuming to keep it from falling down!). But maybe not - the video is too fast (even with pausing) for me to get a really good look at it.

Could you do another one and stand still for front/back/sides for a couple seconds, or maybeh just post some still photos?

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Date: 9/4/10 7:32 PM

Thanks for all the replies!

The waist is too big because I'm bad at transferring changes from muslin to paper, and the last muslin was a little too small (so I didn't sew the darts). But the ones before that were too big. One of these days it'll be just right!

slvrsage, you're completely right about those darts. Thanks for the reminder! I forgot to stop the darts before the fullest point.

I made up another muslin, this time with a waistband and adjusted darts. I thought I'd leave the side seam issue for later, in case it resolves itself. It looks better, I think, though not perfect. I'll try to post a video later today, or maybe pictures if the video isn't all that much more helpful than pics.

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Date: 9/5/10 5:21 PM

I included two shots of left and right sides in case the pose is somewhat misleading. The back seems vastly improved if I hike it up a few inches. So maybe I need to take in the waist more so the skirt sits higher. There's also a diagonal wrinkle around the back dart that I don't think was there before.

And the side seams are still forward - does this look like I need more/less fabric somewhere, or is it just a matter of redrawing the seamline? The latter sounds like a simpler fix, but I'm not going to make any assumptions!







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Date: 9/5/10 5:51 PM

What pattern is this? I'd like to look at the line drawings.

The sixth photo shows how the back should look, but you're holding it up. If you have to hold it up, the size isn't quite right. How did you select your size?

I'll wait to give my thoughts about the fifth photo. This is an improvement from the first.

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Date: 9/5/10 6:10 PM

L, this isn't really a pattern - I sort of drafted one from what was basically a saran wrap mold of my butt I was sort of impatient to get started with the sewalong, and figured that a pattern probably wouldn't fit me out of the envelope anyway. I guess I threw myself into the deep end, but I'm impulsive like that, sometimes. Do you think it's a big disadvantage?

I did consider getting a Kwik Sew pattern bc of the good instructions, but it's not carried locally, and I didn't feel like waiting a week for an online order. Hence the saran

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Date: 9/6/10 9:58 AM

Oops. I forgot that you said you drafted the pattern. =)

How much ease did you add to your draft? That may be the cause of the fit. Can you describe how you made the draft?

KS instructions indeed are nice and thorough, but there are some Big 4 patterns that have simple instructions as well.

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