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« on: January 10, 2010 07:05:25 PM »

I have no idea where this picture of a skirt is from, but

how was the skirt pleated exactly? The pleats aren't very crisp, is it just unironed box pleats? small gathers combined with pleats? Just gathered in some sections?
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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2010 08:15:20 PM »

It looks like there could be gathers in there. It also looks like it might be a 2 or 3 or more circle skirt. You know how a circle skirt you use your waist as the radius for the waist circle, well for 2 circles you would use 1/2 your waist so when you get the 2 circles it equals your waist. But I don't know what is going on there. Or maybe part circle part soft box pleats?

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« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2010 02:17:31 AM »

it looks like it's mostly gathers, but it's not gathered evenly. like, there's an inch of heavy gathers, then maybe two inches where there's no gathers at all, then a bunch more gathers, then none at all, all the way around the skirt. that skirt is super cute, btw.
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« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2010 04:41:23 AM »

I would say that it's a two circle skirt, with 1-1.5" box pleats, with ~2" in between.  That 2" is gathered very tightly.  If you look at the last pleat on the right hip, you can sort of see something along those lines going on.  And then the petticoat helps, too.

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« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2010 02:45:44 AM »

If I can posit an alternative, I think it's not gathered at all!
It's definitely a double circle skirt as everyone else says, but I think because of the way it falls, it's not actually gathered at the waistband, just cut so that it fits exactly.

Having said that, it may be easier to use small gathers to get an exact fit, rather than trying to get it exactly right without.

Good Luck! And it is really cute.
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2010 06:40:32 PM »

The weight of the fabric is going to be important to get this to sit right.  It needs a fluid fabric to drap nicely, but it needs to be heavy enough to hold itself in place.  Cotton or the like (stiffer) is just going to stick out at angles and bunch.  The lining fabric could help alot with this too.

I'd practice a bit with the fabric and some pins on a mannequin or yourself (just pin it to what you already have on) to get the technique (gathers vs no gathers) down right.  Are you going to make the petticoat too?  That seems important to display the cool waves.

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« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2010 03:52:32 PM »

I have and idea! It's like and Elizabethan ruff. Lots of different instructions here http://www.elizabethancostume.net/ruffmake.html The box pleats and double box pleats are what's needed for those long tube like pleats.
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2010 11:53:45 PM »

The pleating doesn't look too complicated, you'd just need a really perfectly tailored petticoat underneath for that extra "oomph." It looks like the pleats are tucked in every 4". And remember with pleating that precision will save you! And don't forget to make the back of the skirt a bit longer than the front, since your bum will rearrange the fabric in all sorts of lovely ways. Cheesy

You should start searching craigslist and ebay for a cheap dressform if you don't already have one. They're a lifesaver and it is really helpful to plan out for complicated skirts so you don't have to take it on and off a million times (with dozens of pin stabbings).
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2010 03:58:33 PM »

On a bit of a side note you could totally make that shirt with this: http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/jj

but take off the frills and make a pussy bow collar - attach it to the sides of the collar on the pattern. Make it nice and big.
If you don't know how to make the bow then an easy way is to literally cut two big rectangles and tie them in a bow if the fabric is light enough or you could shape the ends more into a 'point'

Just if you wanted the whole outfit Cheesy
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