How to Make a Basic Skirt

Added Dec 31, 2010

by Jamie Lau

Brooklyn, New Yo...

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Step 5 Determine your front dart width

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Determine your front dart width by calculating the difference between your full waist measurement with ease (28 1/2 inches) and your full low hip measurement with ease (38 inches), which is 9 1/2 inches in this example. According to the guide below, the front dart width should be 3/4 inch. Round down if the difference contains a fraction (Difference – Dart Width):

0 to 5 inches – Eliminate dart
6 to 7 inches – 3/8 inch
8 to 9 inches – 3/4 inch
10 to 13 inches – 1 inch
14 to 16 inches – 1 1/4 inch

Starting at I, measure over the amount indicated on the guide (3/4 inch) and mark J. Next, subtract the front dart distance (3 3/8 inches) from your front waist measurement (7 3/8 inches) to get the remainder of the front waist calculation. Measure over this amount (4 inches) from J and mark K.

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