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waterpolocathy
« on: May 16, 2005 01:12:16 PM »

I'm having some issues with gathered skirts. I've been experimenting with "gypsy" skirts, and doing 4 or 5 "layers", all with gathers in between. Unfortunatly, the layers about 2 or 3 down bulge out at the back, making my bum look weird.   Huh Any ideas for gathering, should I gather more at the front? or on the side? HELP!
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bellybcn
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2005 02:13:33 AM »

EXACTLY the same thing has happened to me! its sooo frustrating, all looked well until i tried it on, and, well, those bulges are just not atall flattering Sad

i think i sorta fixed it by running a row of stitches round the middle of the bulging layer and then just tightening the threads by hand to gather it as needed to "flatten". However, this is NOT the solution, as if that thread breaks, or when i wash and all the gathering slips round/bunches unevenly its gonna be a disaster again Sad  Cry

i'll look forward too to hearing any solutions/tips you get here... thanks for posting Cheesy
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waterpolocathy
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2005 06:03:21 PM »

so i'm not the only one...HELP someone please!
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chaosinabox
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2005 09:03:20 PM »

Im not sure what you mean by that. Could you post a picture?
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« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2005 06:42:21 PM »

before you start your gathering do you quarter the whole tube?
Take your seam and fold in half and put in a pin. Then fold this in half and put a pin in each side. Now with your sewn  seam and the three pins it will be even. Then start your gathering using the longest stitch length you can get.
Now sew around all the way to start your gathers. Then when the machine stitching is done look at all of your quarters are they even? If one is a little out then adjust accordingly. Now place on your other layer matching the quarters again.
 I use a ton of pins in this step to make sure both layers are gathered and match well.
You may have to gather the top layer as well to make it even. As you sew do it slowly as you hold your fingers along them to make sure the puckers are going under the presser foot evenly. Use your long stitch to do this part too. Then you should be even all the way around. I learned this the hard way too. But I haven't run into a problem for the past couple of years since I started the quartering method. I really found it helped me.
Hope this helps you some.
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bellybcn
« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2005 05:41:45 AM »

thanks junquette for your suggestions, its all really well explained. However, i did "quarter" when i attached the tiers Sad

I think, basically, what the problem might be with my attempt is that the fabric i used is to thick/rigid/cottony for this style. the tiers are pucked fine at the seams, but on one especially, that is a long section (+/- 15cm top to bottom of tier) it sort of "bulges" in the middle. I don't think i'm really explaining this well and i don't have the camera chargedup to take a pic, but basically the top of the joining seam between sections is evenly puckered/gathered, but in the middle of this section the puckers disappear and the fabric ballons out, if you see what i mean? I think it must be, as i said, that the fabric doesn't have enough flow/fall/weight for this kind of style, so the sections just don't fall properly.
Ok, rereading, i did a really bad job at trying to explain this, i'm gonna have to charge up the camera batterries and give it another shot later (with pic).... sorry... Undecided
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« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2005 08:47:31 AM »

after reading this reply I think I must agree with you that the fabric might not be suited to the gathering.
Is it one layer or all of them?
Would it work better if you were to iron tiny pleats into it then sew and attatch?
Or is it a case that you may be able to salvage it by replacing that one panel?
I sure hope this might help and you won't lose heart with it and toss it off as an unfinished project. (I have way tooooo many of these myself).
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« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2005 09:21:03 PM »

Hard to tell without a photo, but I think either your gathers aren't evenly distributed and/or  your gathers are getting distorted - they're getting sewn in sort of sideways.  That would cause the fabric not to hang down properly.

The best way to sew gathers is to sew one line above and one line below where you want your seam line to be.  Then, when you gather, you create parallel gather lines.  When you sew this piece of fabric onto another piece with the actual seam between the two gather lines, the gathers don't get distorted.


 1/2"         - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -     <--------  gather (sew using loose tension)
 5/8    -----------------------------------------------------------------------  actual seam line
  3/4"        - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -      <--------  gather
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WhimsyLisa
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2005 12:33:54 PM »

I agree, two rows of gathering stitches is usually a better bet. If that isn't an option for whatever reason, the other thing that works well is using a zig-zag stitch over a thin cord (DON'T stitch through the cord) and then pull the cord to get the fabric to gather.
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bellybcn
« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2005 11:32:51 AM »

thanks all for your suggestions Smiley it really is much appreciated

I'm looking forward to a spare moment-(read "hour")-or-two to give it another shot Wink I'll try with the double-stitching for the gathering, as my machine (industrial) doesn't do zig-zag Sad AND with a different fabric! see if things workout better this time.

In the meantime, i think my make-shift solution of gathering again on the bulging tier should work ok so that this skirt doesn't join the mound of unfinished projects (yep, i too have waayyyyyy too many of these!), but what i think i'll do is attach some thin cotton binding-type-ribbon to the reverse of this extragather so it doesn't shift or burst. What d'ya reckon?

again, thanks loads for all the tips Grin
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