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How to Make a Basic Skirt

Added Dec 31, 2010

by Jamie Lau

Brooklyn, New Yo...

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Step 3 Draft the front skirt block

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Starting with the front skirt block, draft a rectangle that is 18 inches long (or your desired length of skirt). The width of the front skirt block is determined as follows: add 1 1/2 inch ease to your full low hip measurement (36 1/2 inches), divide that amount (38 inches) by 4 for a total of 9 1/2 inches and add 1/4 inch, resulting in a final calculation of 9 3/4 inches. Label the corners A, B, C, and D as shown. Mark center front (CF) and the side seam (SS).

Draw in your high and low hip guidelines at 4 and 8 inches respectively (or 4 1/2 and 8 1/2 inches) and label E and G at center front.

The width of your front high hip measurement (E to F) is calculated as follows: add 1 inch ease to your full high hip measurement (34 inches), divide that amount (35 inches) by 4 for a total of 8 3/4 inches and add 1/4 inch, resulting in a final calculation of 9 inches. Measuring across from center front on the high hip guideline (E), mark the width of your high hip calculation at F.

The width of your front low hip measurement (G to H) should be the same as the width of your front skirt block. Mark H on the other end of the low hip guideline.

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