I just finished skirt 113 from last January’s issue. It’s a slim fitting pencil skirt with a yoke and a back godet instead of a vent. The problem is the godet -rather than draping nicely it just kind of pokes out at an angle and flops over to one side. It looks just too funky. You can see a similar but less extreme example: http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/012011-pencil-skirt-with-back-godet
I used lightweight tropical wool in a glen plaid, which is fairly soft and not stiff at all. The godet pattern piece is a perfect quarter circle, so the side seams are on the bias. Because the godet replaces a regular vent in this version, it attaches to the straight grain CB seam where the vent would otherwise be. I’m thinking there is a design flaw here, but I’m not sure how to correct it and would love some advice from those of you with design experience and fabric “behavior” knowledge. I have a little extra fabric to work with…
My goal is to make a softer godet. To achieve this, do you think I should:
1) Recut the godet to a smaller angle (less than quarter circle);
2) Make a new godet that is not a quarter circle, but a trapezoid ( narrower at top and wider at hem) and also attach to the skirt by creating a horizontal seam at the top of the godet;
3) Change the CB attachment seams so that they are angled rather than straight ( a scary option);
4) make the godet longer;
or 5) some other alternative?
Thanks for your knowledge and advice!
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