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« on: June 21, 2008 04:54:36 PM »

I love skirts. I would wear them all the time, except it seems like every skirt I put on has this problem. They travel around my body. After walking around shopping, for example, I will realize that the zipper that is supposed to be in the back (or the tag, or whatever kind of marker the skirt has) is now jabbing me in the side. Or the stomach. If I didn't stop and adjust them constantly, they would travel round and round my body like the zip was on some kind of tour (Next up! Poking the Belly Button! Oooh! Aaaah!).

Anyway, I was wondering...
Why does that happen?
Is it some kind of fitting problem that I can fix? (The skirt I have on now, for example, looks like it fits perfectly.)
Or does this happen to everyone?
How can I fix it so I can wear my pretties and still be comfortable?

Any input appreciated (even if it's just commiseration...)

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« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2008 05:46:14 PM »

I have the same problem! Do you line your skirts? I think it may have something to do with the thickness of the fabric. My skirts are all made out of cotton and the zipper is on the other side of my hip when I'm done for the day. I think thicker, weightier fabrics stay in place better. Maybe try weighing it down with... something? I'm not 100% sure. Sad

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« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2008 06:07:04 PM »

Hmmm... That's a good idea. Most of my skirts are pretty light and unlined, come to think of it...
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« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2008 12:37:13 AM »

Happens to me all the time, too, regardless of the fabric.  I now mainly wear dresses.  Cheesy

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« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2008 02:03:12 AM »

If you put elastic in the back or on each side of the waistband it should help keep them in place.  Lining can help but I've found if the waist is snug it doesnt travel.  You dont have to have it fitting tight just snug and a little bit of elastic on either side of the zipper or where ever the back of the skirt is can make a big difference.  I've done this with skirts with no waistband by sewing it into the facing in the back.

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« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2008 12:08:32 PM »

Y'know, I've had skirts that traveled, and some that don't. My wrap skirts never travel. My denim made from jeans hippes skirt? contant readjustment. I think how it fits in the waist & hip may be the key, my wraps are A-line, so pretty well fitted through the waist & hip (they tie, so I can't leave them slouchy or they gap open). My denim skirt I made because it didn't fit well as jeans (that's what I get for buying off the sale rack at Walmart), it's much better as a skirt, but rides up funny when I sit, and travels around when I'm walking.

« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2008 01:06:03 PM »

Thanks so much!

I'm going to try fitting the skirt-tops better, especially the waist. I have a pretty skinny waist for my hip size (that sounds so much better than saying I have a big butt, doesn't it? Wink ), and most skirts end up hanging a little lower on the hip because of it. I never figured on altering it, because it still looks okay, but it sounds like that's why they travel! Duh!

Of course, this means a fun pattern-drafting project. Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2008 08:39:22 PM »

Generally for me the tighter the fit at the hip and thighs, the more likely the skirt will travel. My circle skirts very rarely travel, whereas my straight cut and pencil skirts will travel if I don't wear another layer of either thick shorts or stuff my blouse down them. Some skirts, especially those more fitted at hip than waist will travel no matter what, so I have started sewing in shorts to some of them. That fixes the problem immediately lol.
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« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2008 09:40:55 AM »

i find that the only skirts that travel on me are those that "rub" when i walk (full ones or fitted ones).  i have a much smaller waist than hips, too;  i think the travelling has mostly to do with the fabric sort of catching on your skin as you move and shifting around.  it does have to do with fit, but not necessarily poor fit (does that make any sense?!?).  the skirts i have that sit at the waist tend to give me problems much more often than hipsters (this may be due to the fact that they fit tighter around my, ahem, wider hips!)  i think the idea of fitting the back or sides with some soft elastic would really help; maybe not enough to change the fit, but enough to grab and hold  Wink  good luck with this!  let us know how it goes!   

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