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« on: September 29, 2013 09:17:10 AM »

I have been trying to find directions or a tutorial to make a bubble skirt with pick ups similar to the one shown in this link: http://media.kohls.com.edgesuite.net/is/image/kohls/854413?wid=400&hei=400&op_sharpen=1

I think I understand in general how to craft a bubble skirt (bottom edge of skirt gets sewn to bottom edge of shorter lining), but I am not finding anything in terms of directions for combining both styles.  Also, alot of the homemade bubble skirts and pick up skirts I'm seeing online seem really amateurish.  Many of the pick ups are just sad.  I'm not sure if they are using the wrong fabric or don't quite have the technique correct.  Do you think there is tulle for fullness between the skirt and lining to make it more poufy and less saggy?   Any idea how you figure out the spacing/placement and depth of the pick ups?  Just drape & pin or is there a method to the madness?  I assume you figure out the # of layers of pick ups you want times the # inches deep and cut the desired length that much longer?  I mean, that makes sense, yes?

If I could find one at a yard sale or thrift shop super cheap, I'd buy it to rip it apart but I've come up empty so far.  My mother-in-law has a hideous 80's style formal dress for a "mature lady" which I'd like to refash into something young & fabulous for my teen.  Mostly to prove to both it can be done. Butt bow and shoulder pads will be the first to go.

Thanks for any guidance or leads you can provide!
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2013 08:15:59 AM »

I've never made a bubble skirt/dress before.  But maybe the old fashioned technique of trial and error and error and trial perhaps....   It doesn't look like it would be that difficult, but then that doesn't mean much either until you are in the middle of the project.

Maybe use safety pins to tack the two fabrics together to get the look you want before making a stitch to sew them together.  In the link of the photo that you shared the outer fabric is fairly gathered with it's tuck up and stitches to various areas of the dress.   So maybe make the outer fabric much longer than the inner fabric and make your bubble.  But then that extra fabric allows you to tack up areas so it's not so long but you have the extra fabric to allow for those tacks.  That way your dress isn't as long as it would be without the tacks.  You can adjust the length by how and where you tack up the dress into the lining.  Did I make any sense?

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« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2013 12:49:26 PM »

Decide where you want the pickups--looks like they spaced 8 pickups evenly around the skirt.  The dress you posted has a flared outer skirt is flared, considerably wider at the hem than the waist.  That's why they have so many seams, to allow for gores.

Decide how much poof you want--that looks like 8" to 12" each, you'll have to experiment; measure and mark along the  pickup lines that far apart.

Do the same with your narrower, shorter lining--8 vertical lines, but marked maybe every 4-6"".  Pin the overskirt to the lining at each mark; try on and see what you think, then adjust.

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