Saw a fabulous skirt in a mag recently...it was made from a striped fabric (so similar problems to your fabric i guess) but was flared...they had done it in panels, about 12 in total, so it had the same shape as a half circle(-ish!) but you really 'saw' the stripes, they wern't distorted, actually you really got to see the stripy-ness...and they finished it with a horizontally cut strip (about 3") of the fabric to trim the hem. HTH and hope I'm making sense...been working waaaaay to hard of late & I'm tired....
That sounds really interersting. I had very briefly toyed with the idea of trying to do multiple panels (each shaped like a slice of pie, kindof) to keep the vertical lines mainly, well, vertical. But it just seemed like a lot of mathematical trouble in order to get it precise, and I'm a perfectionist.
Plus there are also these weird off-set horizontal divisions, and...oh sheesh. It's so impossible to describe. I'll just post a photo when it's done.
Do you happen to have a photo of that skirt, or know what mag it was? I'd like to check it out. I'm really into stripes recently.