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« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2004 12:01:47 PM »

i love the way your skirt gathers at the bottom!  it looks awesome... how do you do that?

Well, I'm not always the meticulous seamstress I should be, so that was pretty quick and dirty.  I don't know the "official" way to do this, but here's how I did it.

I made a circle skirt a little below knee length and hemmed the bottom with the rolled hem foot.  The I determind how high up I wanted the pleats to be, which for me was about midthigh and about 10 inches from the hem.  I made 12 equally spaced marks around the hemline (doesn't matter how many you do, since a circle skirt is sooo wide I did 12, but you could also do 10 or 8 and have it look fine).  Then I started from the hem and folded under a little over an inch, then I folded back over and under etc forming pleats horizontally until I reached midthigh length.  I pinned the pleats in place, ironed them, and then sewed over them.  I didn't do a perfect job, they are not spaced perfectly evenly and are not all at exactly the same height, but it was good enough for me.  I think the type of fabric is important, I used a snowflake printed lame which is both very lightweight and a little stiff and that worked quite well.  I don't think it would look right with a heavy fabric or one without any body.  You can't tell from the picture but there is a petticoat with like 12 layers of tulle under it to poof it out.
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