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« on: August 12, 2011 03:49:44 AM »

I really like this skirt:



but of course when I tried to order it it was sold out. So i got some fabric, because it looks quite straight forward to me to make one like this. It just seems to be box pleats and a waistband (waistband same colour as inner layer), little hem. I think I might even have a pattern for that, just need to modify a bit to use waistband instead of yoke.

Now, I was wondering about the inner layer/under skirt:
Will I have to make the pleats there as well, or shall i make it more like an A-line or trumpet shaped lining? I cannot really see it from the photo. I'm just getting a bit worried that if I make the lining pleated as well I might end up with so many layers of fabric bunching all around me.

any advice greatly appreciated

Have a nice weekend everyone

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Lizzie

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« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2011 04:26:51 AM »

I'd suggest more trumpet shaped rather than A line for the illustrated fullness.
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« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2011 05:24:07 AM »

I agree...either trumpet shaped or a narrower A-line with a slight ruffle.  But the trumpet shape would probably give you the most accurate representation.  (I just know I'd rather ruffle than sew bunches of seams, that's just me, though.)
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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2011 06:25:13 AM »

I think to cut bulk around the waist and tummy, I would make the top part of the underskirt in muslin or thinner fabric and then add a ruffled flounce for the bottom part right where the pleats break open.  It would act like a petticoat and make the skirt fuller, if that is what you are going for...

Also, I am no longer inclined to make waistbands and such, so I probably would cheat and make the whole waist elastic! Cheesy

It is really cute! Can't wait to see what you do!
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