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Topic: lantern skirt?! where to start and any helpful tutorials?!  (Read 7403 times)
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« on: August 23, 2009 09:47:09 PM »

i've got a really boyish frame so anything that gives off the appearance of fuller hips works really well on me. i've done the circle skirts and elastic waistband skirts way too much and im dying to try a different shape. does anyone have any tips on how to go about creating a lantern skirt?

the first lantern skirt that ever really caught my attention was this one designed by the olsens for the row


i also really like the ones available on asos.com

any advice/helpful links/tutorials are very much appreciated! thanks in advance =)

« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2009 08:03:40 AM »

Not sure where you'd get a tutorial, but in looking over the style, it looks like you start with an isosceles trapezoid. The one shorter side would be the hem of the skirt. Then you'd take the one longer side and gather or pleat that until it fit around your waist.

ETA: OK, in looking at a few of them again, I think they've pleated the hem a little too, making the skirt poofier.
« Last Edit: August 24, 2009 08:06:48 AM by janerazor » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2009 06:40:22 PM »


I'm in the middle of making it but got kinda frustrated with fitting probs. It's designed to sit below the waist, and I wanted it to sit at my waist, so I had to put it on, pin it, take it off, sew it, repeat. It's still all basting stitches. I also don't like the narrow waistband, which I used for a different skirt, but sadly it's cut out for this one already Sad I may just suck it up and recut a new waistband.

It's a gorgeous skirt, though, and some of the finished projects at the bottom of the page are truly fab! You may want to fit it to your actual waist, too, cuz wearing it lower may extend your torso instead of making you hourglass.

« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2009 07:51:32 PM »

what would be easier than using a trapezoid, and continually fitting and refitting, would be to make a pattern as if you were going to make a regular circle skirt. however, what would be the hem on the circle skirt would be your waistline, and what would be the waistline would be your hem.

so, the inner circle of the original pattern would have to match the opening, the length of the skirt would be the same, and the outer circle would be gathered to a waistband.

hope that helps!
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2009 01:25:04 PM »

Caterplillar, that is genius! Honestly, that sounds like it would make the most magnificently poofy lantern skirt imaginable! Holy carp, so tempting to try it... It would definitely need a hem facing, though.

BTW, my BurdaStyle Marie is done:

« Last Edit: November 21, 2009 07:35:46 PM by Alexus1325 » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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