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« on: June 14, 2004 07:46:49 PM »

i know i've posted this elsewhere, but i'm sure somebody has to know how to do this.

i saw these cool scarf skirts this lady was selling and they looked like she had just cut a big whole in the middle of square scarf. they looked really awesome, but whenever i've tried to make them they turn out pretty crap with heaps of bulk on the sides and they don't sit very nice.

does anyone make these or have any good tips for making them? or any other skirt that has that type of handkercheif look with the four long points?

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« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2004 09:11:12 PM »

I googled "handkerchief skirt" and came up with this great page!


Of course you could do it with just a plain square and not two layered ones.

It looks like the trick is to cut the circle opening just big enough to fit over your hips, so there's not a lot of extra bulk there.   For my skinny self, a 12" diameter circle would be too big, so do some math and try it out!  And post pics :)

(I think this post should be in "future projects" and not "completed" so maybe you should ask Leah to move it :)



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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2004 01:47:47 PM »

hey thanks so much for that. i googlized it too but couldn't find anything!! and yeah i know this post should probably be in the future projects, but i already posted it there and no one replied. heehee sorry about that  Wink


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« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2004 07:55:40 PM »

I actually made that skirt off of that link kayray. I do a little belly dancing during the winter and made that skirt for a performance. Anyhow it works quite well, but like you said the key is to not make the hole too big. Try a sample on a scrap before cutting your project fabric. I thought I didn't make mine big enough, but it was almost too big. Make sure to use a light fabric - anything too heavy will not drape properly. Good luck.
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2004 09:23:59 PM »

This is a no brainer, but to get the right-size hole, measure your hips at their widest point and then divide by pi.  That equals the diameter of the circle you need.  For example, my hips are 38", so I would need a hole slightly over 12" in diameter.  That means that at the narrowest sides, the scarf would have to be 12" plus twice the length you want the skirt in width.  But remember that if you make the hole the actual diameter fo your hips, it will sit very low, and the skirt won't need to be as long as if it sat higher on the hip.  For me to be comfortable, for example, that means the scarf would have to be about 45".  That's a big scarf!  But they do exist.  Of course, you could also use the same principle with a big square of light-weight fabric or a piece of a thrift-store sheet or an opened up pillowcase or whatever else you like. 

Another way to do it would be to subtract an inch diameter from the hole you'd need to cut, cut the hole in that size, then put in a slit with a button and loop in the back.  This way the skirt will sit on your hips a little bit snugger and there will be more length available.  Then simply bind the slit and the waist with a bit of ribbon or binding tape.  In this case you have to decide whether you like the diagonal points in the front or to the sides. 

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« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2004 05:18:51 PM »

For some reason cutting out the hole the same circumference as my hips didn't work when we made the skirt. it was actually heaps too big. my hips are about 35" and the size hole we made that was just right was 26". however we used an oval shape (which i don't think would make any difference whatsoever), so i'm thinking it has something to do with the bias of the fabric?Huh

and thanks for your idea about binding the slit craft-matic. i was oringinally going to put a zip in, but i might do this instead.

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