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I need to make a skirt similar to the back of this dress http://carol-hannah.com/collections/ss-2012/, does anyone have any idea how I can do it?

I am an experienced sewer of over 10 years but I cannot figure out how to get this shape.


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    Apr 20, 2013, 10.14 AMby Sabrina Wharton-Brown

    I think it’s done like the kind of circle skirt that has more than one circle making up the flare (but in this case with a square shaped hem).

    For a one-circle skirt you use the person’s waist measurement + 2 seam allowances to work out the radius of the waist on the skirt. radius = waist/6.28 (6.28 is twice pi). E.g. for a waist meaurement of 60cm + 2cm seam allowance, radius = 62cm divided by 6.28 = 9.9cm (to the nearest millimetre).

    If you wanted twice as much fullness in the skirt you would have two circles, and each would cover half the waist measurement and so would have a smaller diameter on the pattern’s waist.

    62cm / 2 = 31cm 31cm / 6.28 = 4.9cm (to nearest millimetre)

    Going by how many points there are, this dress looks like it has 3 or 4 “circles” so each one would cover 1/3 or 1/4 of the waist measurement respectively.

    3 Gores: 62cm / 3 = 20.7cm (neares millimetre) 20.7cm / 6.28 = 3.3cm

    4 Gores: 62cm / 4 = 15.5cm 15.5cm / 6.28 = 2.5cm

    These numbers seem tiny, but remember they are just half the distance across each circle and the outside is much bigger, and the gores are sewn together at the long seams making the waist the right size.

    A handerchief skirt is made in the same way as a circle skirt, but the outer edge is a square instead of a circle.

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    Jul 29, 2013, 07.42 PMby 20beverly08

    Agree with first comment, but add inverted pleats.

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