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cheytown
« on: July 21, 2007 02:46:47 PM »

so i got this cute skirt at a garage sale, figuring i'd make a quick twirly dress for the girl.

the trouble is this: i need to take in at least 6 inches at the top, but i really don't want to lose any of the fullness of the skirt. it also has a side zipper which i'm thinking i need to keep. how do i do this quickly and painlessly? (i.e. without taking apart and regathering)
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« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2007 03:33:33 PM »

this is what I would do...

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« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2007 06:28:51 PM »

I was thinking something along those lines, but what about trimming it down a bit to be an empire waist size, shirr the front . leave the back flat and add ribbon for straps or excess fabric from the trimming?
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« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2007 09:35:09 PM »

CraftyMcCrafterson - thanks so much for the reply and for taking the time to diagram things for me. visual aids make me happy.

I was thinking something along those lines, but what about trimming it down a bit to be an empire waist size, shirr the front . leave the back flat and add ribbon for straps or excess fabric from the trimming?
i definitely plan to add straps - probably ribbon of some sort. i'm thinking that's a good way to girly up the color a bit. (that's puce, right?) and shirring... hmmm....  now there is an interesting idea.

i'll post the finished recon when i get it done. thanks again!
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« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2007 11:04:34 PM »

 Shocked hey! my nickname is Puce... "a shade less lavender and a bit more pink..." it's a movie quote from a favorite childhood movie Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2007 03:48:10 PM »

Quote
hey! my nickname is Puce...

So we'll just start callin' ya' "Puce" when we reply to your helpful posts!
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« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2007 06:36:21 AM »

Could you use a different fabric for the bodice?
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rikkismama
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2007 08:39:56 PM »

that is such a cute skirt I can't wait to see the finished recon!!
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cheytown
« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2007 02:33:06 PM »

Could you use a different fabric for the bodice?
i suppose i could, but then i'm not sure what would happen to the zipper...

that is such a cute skirt I can't wait to see the finished recon!!
unfortunatley, i'm thinking this one is going on hold for a while. i realized i can't turn the zipper to the back without having a seam in the middle front. then, i thought i'd finally bite the shirring bullet, but my attempts at shirring have been VERY frustrating so far. bleah. Sad

i've never used clear elastic before, but i was wondering if that would work. if i cut the elastic the length of the desired circumference of the top, could i just sew a line of that to bring in the top edge? or would it look weird?
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rikkismama
« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2007 01:56:28 PM »

I don't have any experience with clear elastic, I'm sure someone else can help you with that. 

What if you just took all of the excess off the one side and left the zipper on the side.  Attach the straps like you would normally??  I know it's a little different than what you would normally do for a child, but they put the zippers on the sides in women's dresses all the time.  Just a thought Huh.

I bought a similar full length skirt in orange the other day.  I have no clue what it will become, yet....
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cheytown
« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2007 02:05:32 PM »

What if you just took all of the excess off the one side and left the zipper on the side.
that's what i thought i'd do originally until i realized i didn't want to lose any of the fullness. i just need to take in the top edge about 6 inches somehow. when i bought the skirt, i thought, "oh this will be easy!" but i guess i can't resist complicating things and i've gone and made it hard on myself. Wink

I bought a similar full length skirt in orange the other day.  I have no clue what it will become, yet....
definitely post when you do something with it!
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« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2007 08:34:50 AM »

What about using bias tape or even a ribbon on the inside of the wasitband to make a channel to add elastic.  The elastic would start and end at the zipper.  Then you could put straps on it (though my oldest would beg me not to...  I'm gonna have to keep a close eye on that one in the teen years!).  This would help keep the fullness, and would actually add a bit to that by having fullness start at the very top.

Does this make sense?
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« Reply #12 on: August 07, 2007 01:22:48 PM »

What about using bias tape or even a ribbon on the inside of the wasitband to make a channel to add elastic.  The elastic would start and end at the zipper.  Then you could put straps on it

Does this make sense?

This makes sense to me.  I think you would also need to add some trim or ribbon to the outside to cover the channel stitching. 

I've started working on my skirt similar to this.  My skirt was a full length womans skirt so I have quite a bit of fabric to play with.  I removed several of the tiers to shorten the length of the skirt. 

I removed the zipper, sewed the panels for the skirt closed.  And reattached the waistband(my skirt is lined and I want to keep it that way).  I've taken the extra material and cut our pieces for straps and a criss cross bodice.  I will attach the bodice to the skirt with straps that were inspired by the mens shirt to dress tut. 

The only thing I'm not sure of at this point is the lining.  Since shortening the skirt it is quite a bit longer than the skirt.  I think that I'm going to make it into a petty coat of some kind.  I'm just not sure of the details yet....

Hopefully, I can get this completed in the next day or so.  I will post pics when I'm done.  If anyone has any ideas on how to make the petty coat idea work I would be most thankfully.  (Didn't mean to high jack you post cheytown.  I just thought I would share my progress so far.)
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« Reply #13 on: August 07, 2007 03:06:20 PM »

What about using bias tape or even a ribbon on the inside of the wasitband to make a channel to add elastic.  The elastic would start and end at the zipper.  Then you could put straps on it (though my oldest would beg me not to...  I'm gonna have to keep a close eye on that one in the teen years!).  This would help keep the fullness, and would actually add a bit to that by having fullness start at the very top.

Does this make sense?
absolutely! that it a great suggestion, and, better yet, something simple that i think i can actually do without mucking it up. yay! thank you! my daughter (just barely 2yo) calls it her "jellyfish dress" and she keeps asking to wear it. i feel bad every time i have to tell her it's not ready yet.

yes, it sounds like you'll have to keep an eye on your oldest. where do they get these ideas? certainly not from us. Wink (she says as she remembers how awful she was as a teen... karma is going to bite me hard, isn't it?)

Hopefully, I can get this completed in the next day or so.  I will post pics when I'm done.  If anyone has any ideas on how to make the petty coat idea work I would be most thankfully.  (Didn't mean to high jack you post cheytown.  I just thought I would share my progress so far.)
no worries! it's interesting to hear what you're doing with the skirt. if only i weren't so lazy, i'd try to do something more fabulous like you're doing. i can't wait to see it! i don't quite get what the exact issue is with the petticoat, but i'm feeling kinda lame at the moment, so i'm not sure i'd have any ideas for you anyway.  Undecided
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rikkismama
« Reply #14 on: August 07, 2007 03:19:34 PM »

I'm just not sure what I need to do to make it look like a petty coat  Cheesy.  Right now it just looks like the lining hanging out.

I'm not sure if I need to cut it off gather and reattach(it's a little long right now).  Or if I could gather at a certain point fold and sew Huh  Those are the two ideas I have.  Not sure either of them is a winner Undecided.

Thanks for your help!!
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« Reply #15 on: August 08, 2007 05:11:48 AM »

What about adding a trim to the bottom of the lining? 

When I think petticoat I automatically think of a lace trim, but anything pretty or interesting lets people know that it's *supposed* to be longer and show like that.
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