Hello,

When making a simple gathered skirt, is it better to sew the gathers along one selvedge edge or to attach length-wise panels together and then gather? Which will give the skirt more fullness?

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    Nov 6, 2011, 11.06 AMby katexxxxxx

    Neither. The fullness is dictated only by the amount of fabric gathered.

    Which way you choose to gather the fabric depends on the way the fabric is made. Generally speaking, the stronger threads are those that go down the length of the fabric (warp threads: these are the ones that are on the loom), and the weaker threads go across (weft threads: these are the ‘filler’ threads that come from the shuttle). It is generally better to cut garment on the grain (down the length of the fabric) for this reason.

    However, some fabrics are woven or printed with a border design down one or both selvege edges, and are used with this at the hem or the top of the garment.

    And then there are fabrics that are patterned all over, and you need to look at the pattern to see which way up it should be, and cut all the panels in the same direction, with the top of the pattern towards the top of the garment!

    Some fabrics are ‘even weave’, which means they have exactly the same number, type, and strength of thread in both directions. This is quite difficult to do, and expensive. Fabrics woven like this tend to be made for special purposes, such as embroidery.

    So, which way you cut it will depend more on the type of fabric you have than how much it will gather.

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    Nov 14, 2011, 02.33 PMby mickeygirl

    twice your waistband is full, you might get to sewing up to three times your waistband if the fabric is thin enough. REally extra full skirts require pleating techniques because you just can not gather the fabric so much without the threads breaking.

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