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Hi there
Just seen this amazing skirt, picture inclueded from topshop but I cant really justify £35 for a basic skirt with some polyester (i think) material especially as i want one in black and one in cream
I am a real novice when it comes to sewing, and by novice i mean most my experience is sewing up holes in things..
So just wondering firstly if i should attempt to make it? and secondly if i should would anyone be willing to give really basic instructions on how id go about it?
not interested in making the actual skirt just the floaty stuff :)
any help would be much appreciated!


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    Apr 16, 2012, 08.06 AMby Natasha Smith

    Heya I am replying to my own post, Ive had a thought on how to achieve it just wanted to know if it sounds about right if possible! Basically just to pleat the sheer fabric onto the skirt then line out where i want the lines and cut! Then I think I just want a big eleastic type band waist thing to cover up the pleat marks and finish it off if anyone could recommend a sheer fabric to use I would be grateful im worried about it fraying and want to know one that wont fray? and should i hem it or would it be okay to just pop fray block along the edges? does this sound about right?

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      Apr 19, 2012, 12.36 PMby roliver

      i would put in a hem. try your idea on a more sturdy/cheaper fabric so you don’t become dispondent if it doesn’t work out as ‘flowy’ fabrics are a bit trickier to work with, in my opinion. also if you are insisting on a ‘flowy’ fabric you might want to put in a baby hem. either way i would put in a hem.

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    Apr 16, 2012, 04.42 PMby katexxxxxx

    Looks like the original is a pencil mini with a flared over skirt in chiffon or georgette over the top. I doubt it’s pleated… Far too smooth at the waist and over the hips. More likely to be based on two quarter circles, looking at the center back seam. The short ends lap over in a wrap effect at the front. I did a dress like this once. It’s a deal of wprk, but very effective.

    Both chiffon and georgette will fray, so you need to finish seams carefully, and make a nice narrow hem. Fray check won’t do the job you need to do on this.

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    Apr 19, 2012, 12.25 AMby tailorstack

    Looking at the photo katexxxxx is right its not pleated. Its a flat waistband and gathered onto that. Super easy work around would be to cut x2 rectangles in chiffon join at centre back and overlap at the front as the pic and then fold the top over to make a casing and put elastic in it which will gather it in nicely on your waist and then like you say mark out the drape lines and trim back. To hem it if you dont know how to rollhem, press over 1cm and then 1cm again and machine around the edge to hold.

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      Apr 19, 2012, 10.47 AMby katexxxxxx

      I don’t think it’s even gathered… Just flared.

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    Apr 19, 2012, 07.12 PMby Simplygorgeous

    Look up the Linda skirt, it’s pretty and once you’ve practised on cheaper fabric, it will be really nice with a light floaty one. Hope this helps.

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