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« on: September 29, 2006 04:19:14 PM »

Okay, my ba-da-ka-dunk butt isn't a problem in its self.  If fact, I kinda like it, and I know for sure that my hubby's a fan.  So, if she's not trying to dump the junk in the trunk, what is the problem?  Well you may ask, gentle reader.  Here's the problem:

My skirts are always about 2-4 inches shorter in the back.  And with a normal skirt that I'm just going to mark and hem normally anyway, that doesn't matter so much.  But does anyone have any thoughts on how to engineer a circle skirt to be longer in the back than in the front WHILE you're cutting it?

I do have some pictures, but as the fabric I used for my test skirt was only 45" wide, they're indecent.  But you can imagine it.  Cute flirty circle skirt... hiked up in the back about three inches higher than the front.
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« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2006 04:26:31 PM »

Ok, my butt does that too.  I always just either hike up the front part to match the butt, or lower the butt part to match the front.  I usually do the latter of the two because my crack is short, but I hope this helps.  Maybe you could put a drawstring in it, and then lower/rise the skirt where you want it and then tie the string? 
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« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2006 06:34:49 PM »

I haven't tried this, but could you cut your waist circle off centre to start with, so that there would be extra fabric at the back before you get to the hemming stage?
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« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2006 10:29:37 AM »

Cut it several inches too long then use a hem marker to mark an even hem all the way around. I'm assuming you make your circle skirts in sections like I have to, since if I just cut it out of the width of the fabric it turns out to be a mini  Roll Eyes . There's no way on earth I could get a decent circle skirt out of a single width of fabric lolol.
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« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2006 04:51:20 PM »

I've been struggling with the same problem for a skirt for myself, actually! However my problem is I'm looking at making a dirndl skirt out of a square piece of fabric that has a lace edging I want as the hem. Circle skirts of course are a whole different matter, though.

Both homebunnj and j_en had good advice, you could also combine the two by doing the skirt as two half-circles sewn together (centering your pivot point for the skirt on the selvage rather than the middle of the fabric) and waiting to cut out the circle for the waist until you've sewn the two halves together, and you can then offset the waist circle by about 1.5" to bring the front up and the back down enough to get rid of that 3" (average) discrepancy.
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« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2006 09:04:14 AM »

i searched in this book  http://www.amazon.com/Fantastic-Fit-Everybody-Patterns-Flatter/dp/0875967922/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_b/104-8782920-7817541?ie=UTF8 (my teacher has it)
and she discussed on how to take care of that problem along with other things. its very good..
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« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2006 11:14:27 AM »

I have the same problem and I looooove circle skirts. So, I just make them slightly drop waisted by adding a waistband.

I always make mine about 2-3" longer in the back. Just cut the length you need for the waitsband (plus seam allowances - duh), fold it in half and taper it from the center fold line out (wider at the fold, narrower at the ends - which will end up being the front so you don't have a big seam on yer butt).

Works like a charm and it only takes about 5 or 10 min, which to me is a lot less time that trying to change the hem on a big poofy circle skirt. I'm lazy so I just sew seam binding or twill tape or ribbon to the hem on the right side, flip it under and sew again.

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« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2006 11:55:38 PM »

I make my "circle" skirts, oval skirts with the waist hole closer to the front but then I have a huge butt Tongue
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« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2006 08:11:30 AM »

Thanks you guys!  These are all really great solutions.  Zaemunda, I actually had a dream the other day about the shaped waistband.  I'm glad to know that it works before I try it.  I have a sheet here from the goodwill that's just waiting to become a nice circle skirt for me.  Do you think there will be a problem with the extreme angle my butt takes after it leaves my waist?  Maybe I should use a knit fabric for the waistband.  I'm unsure on how that would work.

Hollow Shel, for the drindl skirt with the border, one thing you can do is tie a string tightly around your waist, with the skirt under the sting, and adjust until it's the height you want and all is level with the hem, then use a marking pen or chalk and mark around the waist string.  Use this mark to cut the waistline on the skirt.  Voila, no cutting of pretty border.
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« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2006 08:44:52 AM »

Knit fabric works wonders for waistbands! That way, if you need to tug at it a little, it actually moves and you have a little ease. Plus, no one is really going to see it anyways and you'll be about a million times more comfortable. I actually buy the 5 for $10 t-shirts at Michael's just for waistbands (and other knit scrap goodness).

If you do go with knit fabric though, make sure you get it tight enough that it's not going to slide off or be too loose (I wish I actually had that problem) Wink

Another option, if you're worried about the angle, is to make the waistband like you were making a half circle or a quarter circle so it's got a little flair. You can cut on a fold and still make the back longer than the front. Then use the circumference measurement from the waistband/half circle thing to determine the size of the waist of the circle skirt.

For the actual waist itself, I highly reccommend a drawstring over elastic if you use non-stretchy fabric. It just sits better (no bunching or poofyness where it isn't welcome).

Please post pics after you make it, I'd love to see it.

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