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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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cheytown
« 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 »

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hey! my nickname is Puce...

So we'll just start callin' ya' "Puce" when we reply to your helpful posts!
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yaxbooty
« 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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