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Necia
« on: August 10, 2006 09:02:58 AM »

Hi All,

I'm a beginner sewer, but I seen a lady on the bus yesterday with a dress that was to die for, especially considering she was a big girl like myself.  Anyway, I want to make a skirt that mimics her dress.  The dress resembled the infinity dress.  The skirt had 3 front & back panels, and 2 side panels, 1 on each side.  It was so elegant, and didn't make her look any bigger than she was.  How would I go about mimic'ing something like that?  Do I measure my waist or hips, and then divide that measurement by 8?  Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated.

TYIA
Necia
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Elphelba
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2006 09:36:33 AM »

I recently made a skirt that consisted of a lot of pannels. If you want all the pannels to be the same size, then dividing your measurments by 8 is a good way to go (all the panels on mine were the same, so this worked out fine). If all the panels are going to be different, then  you may want to draw out a basic pattern for one side of the dress, divide that into your panels, then retrace and add seam allowance.
My skirt came out rather well, but it's a little tricky to get the measurements right (when you are working with that many panels, even 1/4 of an inch on each piece makes a world of difference. I ended up having to do 3 or 4 trial runs before it was just right. I guess the main suggestion would be to do a trial run after you make the pattern (old sheets work really great for this) just to make sure everything fits just like it's supposed to. I hope this is helpful.
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Necia
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2006 10:34:52 AM »

Ok just to make sure I'm crystal clear.  I'm basically gonna have 9 pieces right?  The waistband, and then the 8 panels for the skirt. Correct?  Do I measure my waist or my hips to get my initial measurements?  If i do the hips, which is only a tiny bit larger than my waist, I guess I can do an elastic waistband.  Let me know if it sounds like I"m headed in the right direction.

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Elphelba
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2006 12:10:07 PM »

There would be 9 pieces total. As far as the waistband goes, you could do elastic (but that could cause the waist to poof out a bit, which may or may not be a good thing depending on the look you want). The measurements you need would be your waist (or where ever you want the skirt to sit), your hips, and depending on how fitted you want the skirt to be you will need your thighs. You also need to know how long the skirt needs to be (measure from your waist or where ever the skirt is starting) and how far apart your waist (top of skirt), hip, and thigh measurements are from eachother.

Elastic waist band/regular waist band is completely up to you. If it's going to be a more fitted skirt (not really a lot of flowy gathers and whatnot) you may be better off trying to do a regular waist band (you may be able to do a waist band with elastic that doesn't really gather the top very much, I'm not really experienced with elastic. I'm sure there's a tutorial here or elsewhere on the web that could be more helpful with that than I can). The only downside of using a fitted waist band would be the need to put in a zipper (I'm not so good with zippers).
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Necia
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2006 12:52:05 PM »

Thanks Elphelba.  I really appreciate this.  I went searching for fabric today, didn't find a solid that I wanted yet, but I did see a gorgeous print that would make a cute Lolita dress, so I added that to my list.  I'm trying to stay focused and it's getting harder with each store I pass (I work in NYC garment district)

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paroper
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2006 02:32:10 PM »

you are talking about an 8 gore skirt.  They are VERY flattering!  You should be able to find a pattern if you would like.  You may have some options included in the pattern.  There may be a tulip skirt on the pattern or a pleated base that fits on the skirt.  The front may or may not have a seam.  the sides will be shaped to match the curve of your side (slightly). 
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