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Skirt back length alteration gone wrong
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RachelV
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Date: 6/23/11 8:42 PM

I have been sewing for a lot of years, but just now have to figure out fitting. So I'm back to being a beginner......and it's the pits

Today I put together a denim skirt. I made the skirt about 7 years ago right out of the package and it was perfect. These days, my larger derrierre demands more fabric in the back which affects the hemline on skirts. So today I added 2.5 inches to the skirt back using the slash and spread method. I got confused about how to straighten out the seam after spreading...thought I figured it out, but apparently, I failed.

I sewed the skirt together, and the skirt back is HUGE. The back center right where I spread left a huge 'pocket' of sorts which is most unattractive.

I can take the seams in and get it straightened out, but I'd like to know what went wrong so I don't do it again! Any ideas?

Calendria
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Date: 6/24/11 5:02 AM

do you have a sway back? I know of one lady who lowers the center back seam by 2 inches. then she re-adjusts the line from center back to side seam. she might add 1 inchor so to the bottom of the hemline. and for women who are very derriere dominated - they have to spread teh back piece.

so maybe for your body, the alterations were too much for your body. maybe you only need 1/2 spread, and maybe you are also sway back.

my 2 cents.

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Date: 6/24/11 2:59 PM

You should have ended up with a slanted center back seam. If you tried to straighten this, you could end up with the back being too big.

If you are trying to true the seamline after doing the 2.5" wedge, try doing too smaller wedges, one at the hip line and one a little higher. 2.5" is alot in one spot.

RachelV
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Date: 6/24/11 11:48 PM

I don't know if I have a swayback? I wasn't sure how much to spread. My unorthodox way of figuring it out had me look at a RTW skirt that fits well. I laid it down and measured the difference between front and back. It was actually 3 inches. So I settled on 2.5 inches to see what that did. I think it was just too much. I never thought about doing two smaller wedges.

I didn't get a chance to work on it today, but thanks for your opinions. I'll keep at it!

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