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« on: June 25, 2014 11:42:24 AM »

So, I've fallen in love with this skirt...



I would just buy the skirt because the website is selling them for $15 with free shipping, but sadly they only have a "free" size and I need about 3 extra inches than what it stretches to in order for it to be comfortable. So....I decided to make it. I've never worked with chiffon before so any tips there would be greatly appreciated. What I really need some help with is figuring out what kind of skirt this it. The waistband clearly looks like a simple gathered skirt, but would that give the fullness and shape I see at the bottom? That's the part I really like is the flowy sort of fullness, and the elastic waistband. If I made this skirt, with say, 4 times my waist measurement in fabric would that be enough to allow for this sort of flow at the bottom?

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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2014 12:26:29 PM »

It looks like two layers, possibly satin underneath and chiffon on top. The hemming looks like lettuce edge ruffles - have a look at this link http://donnahuebsch.hubpages.com/hub/How-To-Make-a-Lettuce-Edge-Tulle-Ruffle-With-Your-Sewing-Machine, it looks very similar.

I would probably go with a less full under layer and a fuller overlay. I would imagine 4 times would be plenty - any more and you will add so much bulk around the waist, unless you use shaped panels to give less bulk at the waist but with a fuller hem.
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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2014 05:36:12 PM »

Looks also like it might be a circle skirt with several layers, satin or a lighter polyester lining fabric under skirt with a chiffon over skirt. That would decrease the bulk at the waist and give more fullness at the hem. The waist looks like elastic.

An alternate idea is to taper (a lot) 4 or more trapezoidal panels (wide at bottom, narrower at top) to give fullness to the bottom and reduce bulk at top. Wide enough to go over your hips at top for ease of pulling on, but not so bulky as 4 x your waist. That's a lot of material to gather. And we want swishy and sexy!

Does that make sense?
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