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« on: October 28, 2009 06:30:40 PM »

is there any reason why a linen skirt with a gathered waist would somehow not work? like, would it stand out funny or hang weirdly or anything? i'm trying to make a nice full skirt but making an actual circle skirt wastes too much fabric, so i decided to try a gathered skirt instead.
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2009 12:51:54 PM »

Well, if the fullness is all being gathered into the waist, it will be pretty bulky up there. Have you considered gores?
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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2009 03:11:30 PM »

You could also cut the pieces in a trapazoid shape, cutting down on the bulky gathers at the waist but still keeping the skirt full. 

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« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2009 06:58:53 PM »

Yeah, linen is a very heavy fabric, and while the bottom might be lovely, the top may be a little bulge-y.  I love gored skirts.  Also, if you make your own pattern for a circle skirt, you can waste less fabric.  I've found if I lay the fabric out, and cut one half circle out, with the very edge of it on the cut edge of my fabric, and the diameter of the circle on the selvage, I can cut out the other side with the diameter on the opposite selvage, and the edge of the circle butting the cut edge of the fabric I cut the first half circle out of, I waste very little fabric.  What's left is usually just enough to make a small clutch or similar.  Also, consider a half circle skirt.  It's still very full (especially if it's slightly gathered--just enough to go over your hips, maybe a little extra), and universally flattering.

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« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2009 09:08:31 AM »

Linen comes in all different weights, so it depends entirely on your fabric.  If your fabric is heavier, you will get a lot of poof, which may or may not be what you want.  For a lighter weight linen (slightly sheer, could be called "handkerchief" weight), there will be less bulk, although it will still poof since linen does tend to be more stiff than drapy. 

A half-circle or A-line type skirt, perhaps like this: Anthropologie cotton twill skirt that is only gathered slightly will be less bulky where it meets the waistband than a straight piece with the same hem circumference.

If you haven't already, you can pre-wash and tumble dry your linen about 3 times.  That will soften up the fabric a bit and also pre-shrink it so there won't be any surprises.  Linen can produce a lot of lint, so be sure to check your lint trap!

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