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I really need help from a sewing guru on this one. I love the shape and style of this skirt worn by Emma Watson in an old issue of Teen Vogue:

But I have no idea how to achieve this sort of shape. Will a simple pattern with a box pleat due the trick? Does it need some sort of special structuring to make the brocade create that bell shape? Is there a name for this shape even? All thoughts and advice welcome!


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    Dec 1, 2011, 07.54 PMby patti-r

    The skirt and top/blouse were created by D&G but reminds me of Lanvin Poofy skirt:http://www.farfetch.com/shopping/item10131119.aspx

    D&G looks same except back used as front with open slit front in skirt, also note that this might have underskirt or maybe pleat in front made with top/blouse fabric. Possibly a crinoline petticoat or small cage. Fabric maybe be an upholstery tapestry or brocade.

    The pleats are “inverted box pleats”, several designers have used them, in a more conservative manner.

    Considered more of a poofy skirt, bell skirt shaped like a bell sort of flared at bottom.

    IMHO Either skirt looks like you should not sit in them, sort like costume pieces.

    Hoping someone may have more input.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 03.17 AMby cequimby

    Hmm, you could be right about not sitting in it. Maybe it’s just a super stiff brocade? I’m also interested to see/hear what other people are thinking of sewing for the holidays!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 06.38 AMby HelenZelen

    This is a beautiful skirt – I hope you figure out how to make it.

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    Dec 18, 2011, 11.42 AMby scandium

    Deep box pleats (overlapping) in a stiff brocade will do it, the pattern being a simple rectangle. I’ve done this with a thermal curtain fabric and it stood out by itself because of the stiffness. You can definitely sit in them too, there’s no cage or anything needed, it’s just the fabric and it will ‘foof’ out again if you give it a bit of a shake after standing up. If you can’t find a thick fabric, try starching or interfacing what you have.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 01.05 PMby mickeygirl

    it is the box pleats but also a stiff fabric used.

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