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Whisperlily
« on: August 12, 2008 05:14:13 PM »

Here's an example of what I'm trying to make:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y119/Shynie/9131182_622.jpg

I can easily make the skirt with a single flounce and an elastic waistband, but how do I attach a second flounce (and/or third)?   I know this is a simple question, but do I make the skirt with the lower flounce first, and add the upper flounce to the fabric above the lower flounce?   Or, do I make it with the upper flounce and use a different method to attach the lower flounce to the upper one somehow?   What if I wanted them to be a little wider flounces, attached higher?  Would I use the same method?

I briefly imagined making the flounces different widths, and attaching them at the same point, but I think that wouldn't work as well... bulky, and wouldn't hang/spin/move right.  

Am I overthinking this?   It looks like it should be very simple.  Smiley

Also, does this second skirt use the same method?  

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y119/Shynie/5141218_610.jpg

It looks like I should attach the "ruffles" to the top of an existing skirt, rather than treat them as a flounce.   What do you think?  
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SpottedFrog
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2008 07:09:26 AM »

Those skirts are constructed the same way, but the ruffles are cut differently.

Both skirts the ruffles are sewn on to an otherwise plain skirt. You might need gradually longer ruffles as you work down the length of the skirt, but if it's for a pre-teen working on a straight skirt, they can all be the same length.

The first skirt the ruffles are circular cut. The ruffle is a large arc or donut shape opened out with the inside curve attatched to the skirt, the outer curve being longer creates the flounce. (It's very obvious on that skirt because of the stripes). This type is a good deal harder to do without a pattern unless you like math, calculating your arc or donut size to ensure the pieces are long enough to go around the skirt is more math than I care to do.

The second skirt are ordinary straight strips of fabric gathered along the top to create the ruffle. This type is easier to do without a pattern as it requires minimal math in calculating enough lenght to go around the skirt.
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cornwallwhick
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2008 07:17:45 AM »

When I make tiered skirts like the one you show, I usually attach the tiers using an attachment strip of fabric in between each tier. 

So you sew the first flounce/tier to your waistband part and then sew a strip of fabric on top of those, so that your flounce/tier part is sort of sandwiched in between the waistband part and the attachment strip.  Sorry, not great at explaining!  And then for the second tier, you would attach your flounce to the bottom of that attachment strip and if adding another tier, would do another strip of fabric and sandwich your flounce/tier in between the attachment strips.

Probably confused you even more now  Grin
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Nylaskye
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2008 08:01:30 AM »

Simplicity has a new pattern for something extremely similar to the first one only it has 2 flounces and has a zipper.  It's for girls sz 8 and up though.

Go to their website and take a look.  That may help.
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