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MabelLucy
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Date: 4/23/11 10:26 PM


This is my attempt to show the skirt with the fold at the bottom of the hem.
I love this skirt and it hangs just like it seems it should except for the fold that goes half way up the center front.
This is how several of mine have turned out.
There must be a way to avoid this.

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Date: 4/23/11 10:27 PM

This is my first attempt to post a picture. It worked but is just so so huge. I am sorry for the space it must have taken.

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Date: 4/23/11 10:30 PM

What does the pattern look like? My guess is that's the way it is supposed to be. I have a few gored skirt patterns. Those with a center front seam also have the ripple "pleat" down the front.

What do you want it to do?

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Date: 4/24/11 8:00 AM

I think it looks really good. i Google imaged "gored skirt" and noticed that some did the same thing. Those that didn't seem to have been made from very drapey fabric. Your skirt looks like something you could wear every day.

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Date: 4/24/11 3:42 PM

I agree, I would wear that without a qualm. I think what's happening is because each piece is cut on the bias, and the weight of the center seam is affecting the hang of the bias as the skirt gets wider at the bottom. You could make the skirt on the straight of grain, but then the general drapiness/ fit on the body would change.

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Date: 4/25/11 1:59 PM

Okay I feel like I mislead everyone. This is NOT my skirt. It is a pattern I liked very much but it hung the same way mine do that I keep trying to fix.
I just finally found a picture that shows what I was talking about.
I found this picture and used it to describe my problem.
It looks exactly how I wanted my skirts to look except for the front fold and many times mine are much more dramatic than this.
I really appreciate all the input... thank you!
But I did not make this skirt... someone very talented did (:

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Date: 4/25/11 2:42 PM

Thank you. I agree it must be something about how it is cut and the grain.
After reading rest of comments I googled gored skirt and the ready-made ones do not look like this, whether 4 gore or 6 gore.
I could wear it like this, I have several I do now.. but if I am putting the effort into a nice skirt I would like to learn how to avoid this.
At least now I know to pay attention to grain...

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Date: 4/26/11 1:13 AM

Yeah, I think it has to do with balancing the weight of how the grain falls - there was an article in Threads by one of the big sewing names (Betzina?) about bias skirts that you might find helpful. Perhaps someone will chime in with the right issue number.

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Date: 4/26/11 2:46 AM

The picture of the skirt you posted looks like it is a bias cut skirt, which is supposed to flare. But as you describe your situation, it seems that you didn't cut your fabric on the bias. Maybe I'm reading this wrong?

There could be a few things that you aren't aware of. One, the fabric you are using is off grain. Two, you might have very full hips and narrow upper thighs, which would make the skirt flare. Or you might even be cutting the pattern too wide below the hips.

What I would do to fix this is to take a photograph of you in the skirt. The photo will give you an accurate picture of the exact location of the flare. Just a little above where it's flaring, start to taper inward a little bit; starting at nothing and ending up to about 1/4'' inside the side seam and the hemline. (Tapering is done to remove fullness from pant legs and in your case, your skirt.) Do this at the side seams and at the center front and center back seams. Continue to do this, in small increments, until you get the effect you want.

Sometimes when I make a straight skirt, I want it a little more ''pencil'' like because I'm using a stretch fabric, such as denim. I use this technique for that.

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Date: 4/26/11 9:28 PM

Thanks for your input... muchly appreciated. Think I'm headed in right direction now (:

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