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« on: March 21, 2008 12:59:49 AM »

Why do people make 5/6/7 gore skirts? Is there any visual difference between making those and making a skirt from two pieces of cloth?

And I want to make a skirt that is flouncy and has movement, any tips on how to do that?

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« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2008 01:09:44 AM »

there is a difference...now, i dont know if this is the *technical* reason, but i do know what i have experienced and observed

multiple gore skirts cause a much more springy effect. you can take identical skirt designs, altered only by the number of pieces sewn together, and the multiple piece will have more bounce (this is as long as you are using triangles/wedges, or if you gather at the top...straight pieces of fabric just wont bounce the way you want)

you also will want to make sure that you are using a lightweight-ish fabric and make sure that you seal the seams so it wont ravel as you wear it and wash it.

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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2008 09:48:50 AM »

The obvious visual difference is that you end up with vertical lines in the front and back of the skirt, which can be very flattering on many figures.  You can make different shapes if you use multiple gores, as MissDisney suggested.  Multiple gores are a great way to go if you want flouncy.  Here are some pattern ideas:

McCall 5429 - View B uses gores and godets (the little triangular pieces flaring out to the hem) to create a flouncy look
McCall 5056 - fuller, with an elastic waist, but same idea.
Butterick 5042 - this one uses swirly shaped panels to create a pretty shape
Butterick 4859 - this uses gores  to create flounces in the back only - for a great "walk away" view Wink

Anyway, I hope that gives you an idea of some of the things you can do.  When I look at patterns, I always like to look at the line drawings so I can see where the seams are because sometimes it's difficult to tell on the fabrics they use.

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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2008 06:14:55 PM »

A big thing about gores is that people aren't shaped exactly like cylinders. If you add fabric at the sides to make a skirt fuller, there will just be more fabric at the sides. With gores you are adding fabric in the sides, the front, and the back. This creates a skirt that is fuller on the bottom and can be more fitted in the waist and hips.
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2008 07:51:37 PM »

In general, gores are very flattering because they do the same thing Princess seams do, highlight the narrower portions while disguising the fuller bits.

I had a Laura Ashley sundress in the perfect shade of red that had a very full 4 gore skirt, and princess seams, and a square neckline (which is particularly flattering to my face). It was my 'get a man' dress because it was so incredibly flattering. Long after I knew it wouldn't ever fit again I held onto it. I have tried to repeat it, but not quite mastered the exact placement & fullness of the gores to make it just like that LA dress. At least I gave it to someone I know so I can still refrence the dress Smiley
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2008 12:48:39 AM »

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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2008 01:59:33 PM »

I tried d 4gored skir t and i got it.very interesting.

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