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« on: March 30, 2005 06:34:03 PM »

ok, i want to make this skirt, but I don't really understand it completely....

is it three seperate pannels of fabric sewn together? or just one peice except ruffley??

and is it ruffled using narrow elastic or thread??

someone help me!!

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« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2005 06:37:03 PM »

I think its just one back piece, one front piece then gathered using elastic at each "level". The bottom different colored emboidered piece is actually part of the fabric that was there before they cut it into the front and back pieces.
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« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2005 07:04:00 PM »

I think its three seperate pieces sewn together. The waist looks like elastic and I would guess each panel is ruffled but not with elastic. I could be wrong but I've had skirts like this and mine are the way I described. Hope that helps.
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« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2005 07:07:57 PM »

I think its three seperate pieces sewn together. The waist looks like elastic and I would guess each panel is ruffled but not with elastic. I could be wrong but I've had skirts like this and mine are the way I described. Hope that helps.

I second this... this is usually the way these skirts are made.
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« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2005 07:34:24 PM »

3 seperate pieces. if you look at the joining seams, the fabric above is straight, and the fabric below is ruffled. if you look at is from waist to hem as tier a, b, and c, and use the number 1 to reprsent fabric length, tier a=1, tier b=1 1/2, tier c=2. hope that made sense  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2005 07:42:55 PM »

this looks like three separate panels. The top has an elastic waist. You would make the elastic long enough to fit your own waist. It looks like it's about six or eight inches wide. The next layer is about the same in width. It would be a longer piece than the top one. You use a running stitch along the top edge. Then you would gather the fabric by gently pulling on the thread with one hand and guiding the fabric to make it look like little puckers. You gather this edge and keep tightening it up until it will fit against the first layer. The third layer would be longer than the second layer was and gathered in the same way until it fits the second layer. You can add more layers to make the skirt as long as you want it.
Does this explain it for you? Ask more questions if you need to. Hope this helps
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« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2005 06:01:41 AM »

wow thanks everyone....but two more questions....

ok, for the second and third tiers, do i gather it when it's just a flat pannel of fabric or do i sew it into a large circular shape and then gather it to make it smaller??

and... how do i get the gathery-ness to stay? after i sew it do i remove the basting type thread, because thats what i do with my regular ruffle skirts. or do i have to keep the thread and tie it off?

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« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2005 06:41:03 AM »

 it might be easiest to do it all flat and then seam it up the back.  i think once you've sewn it it would be safe to cut your basting thread.
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« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2005 08:00:48 AM »

YOu can actually do it both ways!
If you do it straight across with a flat piece be sure all three layers are flat. This way you can line up your back seams.

Or you can make three large circles and then gather making sure your have your back seams lines up.

After you have sewn all thie pieces toghter then you can remove your basting stitches.  YOu could leave them in if they don't get in the way but in my experience stepping into the skirt with shoes on the basting stitch gets caught up in the shoe and then you aren't sure if you should pull if or if it is just not the basting stitch and might make a bigger mess. (believe me I've seen it happen and had to fix the problem)
SO removing your basting stitch once finished is a good idea.
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