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Topic: I just made a boo-boo....A skirt that doesn't fit. Help? (Pics inside)  (Read 1402 times)
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Elphelba
« on: March 17, 2007 12:07:47 AM »

Well, I've just spent the last two months making a skirt. I made a toille which fit perfectly. I've unpicked the whole thing once to correct some technical errors. I've put the whole thing together tonight and realized that I have gained about a pound in my rear and it's just not going to fit. It's just barely too small. I can put it on as is and it's ok as long as I don't move (which obviously means that I'll never wear it out). Scrapping it is not an option, I've put months into it and the fabric is no longer avaliable so remaking it isn't going to happen. It's also been a rather costly endeavor, and I can't bring myself it throw all that money away. I think I've come up with an idea to make it fit, but I would like to hear every one's opinions. I don't have any pictures of my actual skirt, but it looks exactly like this:


As you can see from the pics, there are six straight panels with triangular insets inbetween them. Since I've lowered the waist of the skirt, the panels on mine are closer to the bottom of the yoke. Since I only need about another inch, I was thinking about making the two insets on the side go up higher to add some width around the hips (I've already put the front together and attached the yoke and put the back together and attached the yoke so I essentially have 2 large pieces that need to be joined at the sides. One side will get an invisible zipper). Do you guys honestly think that idea is going to work and still look good? Do you have any other options? (I can't rip it apart again because the main fabric is brocade and it just can't take any more rippage)


Sorry about the rant, I just had to get it out and everyone I know is asleep  Roll Eyes. You guys have all been wonderful, thanks so much.
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saralynne
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2007 12:55:32 AM »

It looks fantastic. My suggestion was going to be to put some sort of insert in the sides, but you've already thought of it.
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Elphelba
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2007 12:59:28 AM »

It looks fantastic. My suggestion was going to be to put some sort of insert in the sides, but you've already thought of it.
Thanks. I'm really in need of some extra reassurance right now.
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« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2007 01:37:49 AM »

your idea sounds good, but if you don't like it yourself you could try a corset-like string closure, they look pretty cool on skirts and looking at the picture it seems to fit the concept.
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« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2007 04:58:54 AM »

try long line suck-em-n pantyhose.  Yo should be able to gain and inch in the hips and the rest of the weight will redistribute.  I had a dress that was a little tight in the hips and when I did this I swear I gained at least 1/2 inch on either side.  I know that Phantom makes a great pair but there are other companies.

http://www.phantom.ca/index.php/shaper/firm_control/
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« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2007 05:59:36 AM »

Just like eevil said, go for tha Spanx.  Dont know if you were watching the Oscar's red carpet show or whatnot, but they had a huge schpiel about how wonderful they are.  And, I tried them and they DO work!  It seems to me like any more ripping out will jeapordize the fabric so the spanx might be your best bet.  Also, what I do when my booty gets a tad too bootylicous, I go bike riding.  I swear, if you keep it up, bye bye too tight skirt, hello vamp.

(Hope my input is helpful  Tongue)
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Elphelba
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2007 07:52:44 AM »

Thanks guys. I think I'm going to go ahead and make the inset go up higher. I like the idea about a corset closure, You can't really tell from these pics, but there are two little lace up panels on the back, so that might look pretty good. If the waist band doesn't fit still, I'll add that to the sides. I'll probably wear it with tights of some sort as well. You all just helped me restore my faith in my sewing skills.
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Elphelba
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2007 11:28:45 AM »

Thanks for all of the great advice guys. I've spent the last 5 hours working on it (I work slowly), and I'm wearing it. It fits very comfortably now. I think the design was a bit nicer when all of the panels were the same size, but it still looks really good now. I don't think I''m going to take it off until December  Roll Eyes. You personages rock!
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msweehoo
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2007 06:23:05 PM »

Just had to say that that skirt ROCKS! Glad to hear you were able to fix it.
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westbrook
« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2007 12:37:54 AM »

I wish I only had a pound to loose! your skirt is darling!

I agree with what you are going to do to add the inch. If you have 5/8 inch seam allowances that would fix your problem.. I know that means taking it apart.. again and sewing with a 1/4 inch s/a. If you serged it.. adding panels works.

I do like the fabric too!

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