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« on: February 25, 2006 10:33:54 PM »

Hey there. I'm making a pleated skirt from Simplicity 4963 (a-c). I have reached step where I attach the band to the top of the skirt, but the problem is that the front & back bands sewn together according to the directions only goes about 3/4s of the way around the top of the skirt. I was curious what the potential issues may be here or if I was just overlooking something. So far, the only conclusion I could come to was I did the pleats incorrectly since this is my first time working with them. Any help would be appreciated Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2006 12:42:21 PM »

does the waistband fit your waist?  then something is wrong with the skirt part.  either the pleats aren't folded correctly, or the pieces weren't cut correctly.  double check your pattern instructions and try again.

if the waistband doesn't fit--then there might be a bigger problem. 
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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2006 10:23:00 AM »

I have the same pattern, and I remember deciding not to do the pleats (I did the flared skirt option) because there were 3 or 4 different pieces for the skirt part and I couldn't figure out how to put them together so the pleats wouldn't go wonky. 

My best guess is you probably didn't pleat deep enough.  I'd take the waistband off, lay the skirt part out flat and mark the pleats from the pattern pieces.  Then pleat it again and see if that fits.  If not....you could try just gathering the fabric to the yoke, provided it's lightweight enough.  Gathered skirts just require rectangles, so no measuring, etc. like with pleats. 
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« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2006 01:22:33 PM »

I've done this before and realized that I didn't put one of the pattern pieces for the waistband on the fold of the fabric before cutting.  I'm smart, I know....
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« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2006 04:20:08 PM »

wow! thanks for the help. Cheesy

rostitchery & ksew - the waist band does fit so I'm pretty sure that's not the issue I'm going to do what turtletrbl suggested & make the pleats half an inch deeper & see if that's my problem.
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