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« on: July 24, 2008 04:29:26 PM »

Hello all...I'm looking for some advice

My girlfriend gave me a skirt made in Uganda.  The skirt is HUGE!!  So I've been working on making it fit me.

Now the waist fits just fine, but the skirt is very unflattering to me.  How do I fix it?  I'm not normally use to fixing or constructing clothing and I'm not sure how to proceed.  Any ideas.  Here are the pictures.  Yes, I realize the berries go up instead of down.  That's how the dress was made.

Front View

Back View - This the best view I think

Side View

Angled View


How to I make the front and side view also look flattering.

Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2008 04:35:38 PM »

i myself would be tempted to cut it off to a mid-shin length and then use the cut off fabric to put some godgets in to make it swirly. skirts with godgets also hang really cool and, at least i think, look good. they make my fat calves look smaller.

but really, its not unflattering now, i just don't wear long skirts.
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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2008 04:40:24 PM »

First let me say that I don't think it looks so terrible on you as you think  Cheesy

I would take it apart, turn it right side up, make it shorter, and make the silouette an A-line...I think that is a very flattering shape for most women...I think the length is a bit frumpy as it is (and your shape does not appear to be the frumpy type!)

How lovely to get something from Uganda--it is cotton?  Handprinted?  The green is so striking!  Do you have a navy top?--not sure if you intended to wear the top you have on with the skirt, but I think a darker top would help control the busy-ness of the skirt...
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« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2008 04:57:16 PM »

Hey - I remember this project as a good way to deal with long, unflattering skirts - maybe it can help you: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=230973.0

Or, my go-to skirt repair is to cut the skirt to knee length and add a solid colored border in a matching color.
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« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2008 05:52:53 PM »

My one suggestion would be to make it shorter, but I am still a beginner so that's all I have Smiley
But I think some of the other comments were great suggestions!
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« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2008 05:56:30 PM »

The fabric is awesome!  I would agree with shortening the length of the skirt.  With the excess fabric I would make a coordinating top or bag.  Good Luck!
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« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2008 07:46:19 PM »

It's so pretty!  The colors are fantastic.  I have to agree with shortening it.  That, or shortening your top.  I actually like longer skirts, but there's something about this print that doesn't want to be that long.  Also, the length of your top (and the solid color on top of the print) gives the optical illusion of you having a much longer torso than I'm sure you do.  But you are adorable, and your skirt is adorable!  It just longs to be shorter.  I'd cut it off and hem it between mid-knee and mid-calf, but that's probably a personal preference, and I second the idea of making a bag out of the excess!
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« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2008 05:55:28 PM »

Thanks so much for all of your suggestions! 

One question?  What is a Godget?? 

I haven't yet decided what to do with the skirt.  I might shorten it.  I'm still thinking things through.  Thanks so much for your comments.

Yes I also agree that wearing a darker shirt would be better with the skirt.

I also liked the idea of putting another type of solid print fabric on the bottom.

All great ideas.  Thanks!
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« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2008 07:08:46 PM »

I think the poster intended to type 'godet', as in the triangular inserts in this skirt:

http://img.sewingtoday.com/cat/40000/itm_img/M5274.jpg
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« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2008 06:29:38 AM »

I would cut the skirt to knee length or just below and add a black trim about 4-5 inches wide. Optional would also be adding another strip of black trim around the top-of-thigh area and possibly pleating below the trim to give it some swing. Pockets would be nice, too. (You could cut holes on one or both sides and sew a fabric bag inside of the skirt with the fabric accents trimming the outside of the pockets. I like the print on the skirt, but it's too busy for the length. Wear it with a black, low-cut top and some cute low heals and I think this skirt could be a real winner. Good luck!
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