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Natural Beauty => Beauty & the Beholder => : annie_9 July 12, 2006, 01:30:27 PM

: Skirt Pattern Anyone?
: annie_9 July 12, 2006, 01:30:27 PM
Do any of you have a pattern for a roomy-ankle-length skirt? Id like to know any way I can about this through either sites you could recommend or your own used patterns that I could purchase, or old skirts you are done with even!  :D 
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: healthybratt July 12, 2006, 02:43:30 PM
Do any of you have a pattern for a roomy-ankle-length skirt? Id like to know any way I can about this through either sites you could recommend or your own used patterns that I could purchase, or old skirts you are done with even!  :D 

I've actually had good luck buying any size bigger than me in the plainer straight skirts (thinner materials -- not denim) at garage sales and just taking them in.  I have a hard time finding my size for some reason, maybe everyone is my size and they beat me to the sale.   ::)  I've also bought larger dresses when I was pregnant (plus sizes not maternity) and taken in the armholes to fit me better and the skirts are very flowing and comfortable that way even after the baby is gone.
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: Chickory Chick July 12, 2006, 03:50:34 PM
Do any of you have a pattern for a roomy-ankle-length skirt? Id like to know any way I can about this through either sites you could recommend or your own used patterns that I could purchase, or old skirts you are done with even!  :D 

OK, I am not sure of a good pattern, but a bought a skirt from this website and loved it. Maybe you can get an idea just by looking at the pictures on the site.

http://www.tznius.com/cgi-bin/product.pl?productid=37&groupid=26
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: SC July 12, 2006, 03:53:33 PM
Click here (http://www.vintagesewing.info/1940s/42-mpd/mpd-toc-short.html) for an online manual on how to make your own skirt from a pattern you make. Check out chapters 2 (Slopers) and chapter 8 on skirts.

This is a great study for girls on the practical use of mathematics. AND the finished product will fit your body type because it is based on your measurements.
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: healthybratt July 12, 2006, 05:55:42 PM
i bought a skirt from this website and loved it. Maybe you can get an idea just by looking at the pictures on the site.

It's so cute.  I might have to try to make something like this if hubby ever gets my sewing table fixed.
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: ForeverGirl July 12, 2006, 06:34:33 PM
Do any of you have a pattern for a roomy-ankle-length skirt? Id like to know any way I can about this through either sites you could recommend or your own used patterns that I could purchase, or old skirts you are done with even!  :D 

OK, I am not sure of a good pattern, but a bought a skirt from this website and loved it. Maybe you can get an idea just by looking at the pictures on the site.

http://www.tznius.com/cgi-bin/product.pl?productid=37&groupid=26

Neat website, I must say I'm tempted. I love the scarves on their homepage. I don't wear a head covering, but those are really beautiful. All the long skirts are beautiful too, and the prices seem good considering how much cloth it requires to make a skirt that long and full.

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: jessyru July 12, 2006, 07:05:07 PM
Do any of you have a pattern for a roomy-ankle-length skirt? Id like to know any way I can about this through either sites you could recommend or your own used patterns that I could purchase, or old skirts you are done with even! 


annie_9~I have always wanted to make this skirt. It is Butterick pattern 4025. I like it because it's one of the only patterns I've found that has the length. I own the pattern and it say 'easy' on the back. It takes a good amount of fabric. Here is a link to the picture. If you look on a different site maybe you can find what kinds of materials and how much fabric you need? http://store.sewingtoday.com/cat/10000/itm_img/B4025.jpg

It's availabe on ebay right now. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250001507813&category=11801

I hope those links work out for you!

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: a_new_creation July 13, 2006, 02:51:13 AM

OK, I am not sure of a good pattern, but a bought a skirt from this website and loved it. Maybe you can get an idea just by looking at the pictures on the site.

http://www.tznius.com/cgi-bin/product.pl?productid=37&groupid=26

Wow!  I had seen this website before but never really paid attention to the skirt (or the scarves -- I do cover).  Just ordered one and 3 "head accessories".  Many of their scarf colors are sold out, so I'd like to go back and check for more later!

Carla
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: heatheronthehill July 13, 2006, 03:53:05 AM
I have been really happy with Simplicity #9825 for winter weight fabrics.  I've made several of these skirts and just love how easily they sew up and how nice they look.  They are especially nice made with wool.  I usually add just a couple of inches of length to mine.

There are lots of great patterns for long flowy tiered summer skirts - just browe at Wal-mart of your fabric store.  Watch for $.99 or $1.99 pattern sales.
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: his.silly.wife July 13, 2006, 08:44:54 AM
The two skirt pattern that I use are:
Simplicity 4548 - no zipper needed and the shorts fit great under my skirts for active playing with the children

McCalls M5023 - it has a zipper, it's very comfortable and works well for going out on the 4-wheeler (view C).

Sharon
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: annie_9 July 15, 2006, 07:02:59 AM
Thanks for all the help. I'll be thrilled if I can find the patterns you've all mentioned.
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: SC July 17, 2006, 01:54:12 AM
I'm not sure if this will fit here or under another topic, but here goes:

For those of you who aren't sure how to make your own clothes from scratch but would like a more tailored look, I have an easy fix. Put the garment that you want to adjust on inside out. Then use pins to take in the seams or create darts. Stand, sit and walk to check for ease of movement. Remove the garment and sew the seams where you pinned. Remove the pins, try the garment on and check again for ease of movement. If you are pleased with the result, you can trim the seams and clip the corners and curves so that there isn't any bulky fabric on the reverse of the garment.

If you have a skirt with a button or clasp closure, sometimes all you need to do is move the button or clasp to get a better fit. You can also add elastic across the back or sides of a garment on the inside of the waistband.

Instead of throwing away a skirt that might be too short, put old fabric to use and create a ruffle: measure around the hem and increase that length by adding another half of the length or more. Take a length of string and sew to one side of the fabric using loose stitches. For this step, I just set my machine on a very wide zigzag over the string, making sure not to catch the string in the needle. Then, pull the string until the fabric is gathered to the original measurement of the skirt's hem. Attach with a seam to the bottom of the skirt at the gathered edge. Sew a seam where the fabric meets. Hem the bottom.

I used a variation of this method to recycle an old bed dust ruffle and created a nice eyelet lace petticoat to wear under split skirts.
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: LilyEilis July 17, 2006, 04:49:21 AM
OK, I am not sure of a good pattern, but a bought a skirt from this website and loved it. Maybe you can get an idea just by looking at the pictures on the site.

http://www.tznius.com/cgi-bin/product.pl?productid=37&groupid=26

I've seen the skirts at this web-site before and loved them and wanted to try one...the wrap skirts especially look nice...but do they REALLY not open and show leg even when you when you do "active" things?  I love wrap skirts, especially after spending time in Thailand, but the ones I have are hard to do anything strenuous in without having them fly open...did you have that problem with these wrap skirts?
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: sarajane July 17, 2006, 06:21:49 AM
Cool ideas SC!

I was wondering the same about the wrap skirts, they look really nice though.
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: SC July 21, 2006, 08:56:35 PM
GuesswhatIfound?

I was at Walmart the other day (I didn't see you there, BTW ???). Anyway, I was in the crafts department looking at material, and I stumbled across the most wonderful thing . . . You know those peasant skirts that have a ruffled appearance and are popular again? Well, the local store here is selling fabric with the elastic waist and hem already done. All you have to do is purchase enough to fit your waist and allow for a seam (2 to 3 inches or so). Take it home and sew the seam. A five minute job! Here, they are charging $12 or so per yard. The colors I saw were a white eyelet with satin bows (for an underslip, I think), two different styles of black, a blue denim, and a couple of blue cotton prints.

WHERE were these things YEARS ago! 8)
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: healthybratt July 22, 2006, 08:04:49 AM
What is a peasant skirt?
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: SC July 22, 2006, 08:24:38 AM
What is a peasant skirt?

Well, I'm not sure of the technical definition. I use it to refer to those long skirts with fabric ruffles. Some have a ruffle that starts at the hip and end at the knee finished by another ruffle that starts where the second ends.

Something like this:
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: a_new_creation July 22, 2006, 12:11:56 PM
I've seen the skirts at this web-site before and loved them and wanted to try one...the wrap skirts especially look nice...but do they REALLY not open and show leg even when you when you do "active" things?  I love wrap skirts, especially after spending time in Thailand, but the ones I have are hard to do anything strenuous in without having them fly open...did you have that problem with these wrap skirts?

I just got mine this week.  I am 20 weeks pg so I am bigger than normal, but so far, no problems whatsoever.  I would be very surprised if it flew open as it wraps around me 1 1/2 times right now.  After I deliver, I think it will go around me almost 2 times so there is NO WAY that baby is flying open!  The smaller you are, the less chance you'll have a problem.  BTW, I am going to try and figure out a pattern for this skirt.  It is basically 2 pieces of fabric; 1 for the skirt and 1 for the belt.  No seams in the skirt whatsoever.  It will take a LONG piece of fabric!
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: LilyEilis July 22, 2006, 05:30:59 PM
I would be very surprised if it flew open as it wraps around me 1 1/2 times right now.  After I deliver, I think it will go around me almost 2 times so there is NO WAY that baby is flying open!  The smaller you are, the less chance you'll have a problem.  BTW, I am going to try and figure out a pattern for this skirt.  It is basically 2 pieces of fabric; 1 for the skirt and 1 for the belt.  No seams in the skirt whatsoever.  It will take a LONG piece of fabric!

Thanks for the info!  So if it wraps around you 1 1/2 to 2 times, can you still move in it very well?  I've had wrap skirts that when they wrapped around a bit, the fabric would kind of "catch" on itself (if that makes any sense!) and thus you couldn't really move around very well in them.  Is that a problem with these skirts?
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: natural July 23, 2006, 07:21:01 AM
I found a free wrap skirt downloadable pattern. It is at

fitzpatterns.com (http://www.fitzpatterns.com/Pages/DANA/0501_DANA_PatternPage.htm)

at least it gives an idea of what a pattern looks like  ???


--Sorry I tried to click on this and change it up a little and a "Page NOt Found" screen comes up.

I will leave it and then perhaps HB can fix it ???  ;D

If you go to www.fitzpatterns.com  you can look to the left of the page and click on "free" then click on the first picture of the girl in a wrap skirt then scroll down and click on small, medium or large and there will  be a pdf downloadable file which will begin. I do wish I were more computer literate sometimes. I hope this helps a little  ???
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: healthybratt July 23, 2006, 08:50:26 AM
I will leave it and then perhaps HB can fix it ???  ;D

Done.  ;)


fitzpatterns.com (http://www.fitzpatterns.com/Pages/DANA/0501_DANA_PatternPage.htm)
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: a_new_creation July 23, 2006, 12:23:23 PM
Thanks for the info!  So if it wraps around you 1 1/2 to 2 times, can you still move in it very well?  I've had wrap skirts that when they wrapped around a bit, the fabric would kind of "catch" on itself (if that makes any sense!) and thus you couldn't really move around very well in them.  Is that a problem with these skirts?

No, it is so loose and flowy that it's not a problem.  The fabric does stick to itself in a way but it does not hinder movement at all, not anymore than a "normal" skirt would. 
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: LilyEilis July 23, 2006, 12:25:50 PM
Thanks for the info!  So if it wraps around you 1 1/2 to 2 times, can you still move in it very well?  I've had wrap skirts that when they wrapped around a bit, the fabric would kind of "catch" on itself (if that makes any sense!) and thus you couldn't really move around very well in them.  Is that a problem with these skirts?

No, it is so loose and flowy that it's not a problem.  The fabric does stick to itself in a way but it does not hinder movement at all, not anymore than a "normal" skirt would. 

Okay...thanks for the info!
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: sarajane July 24, 2006, 05:21:14 AM
The wrap skirts, are they cool to wear or are they a bit warm? I live where it is very, very hot most of the year so cool clothing is important.
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: a_new_creation July 24, 2006, 06:58:11 AM
The wrap skirts, are they cool to wear or are they a bit warm? I live where it is very, very hot most of the year so cool clothing is important.

I got the stone denim one.  It is not a very thick denim and the skirt is loose and flowy so you get good air circulation where it counts. ;)
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: ~esposita~ July 24, 2006, 07:47:50 AM

OK, I am not sure of a good pattern, but a bought a skirt from this website and loved it. Maybe you can get an idea just by looking at the pictures on the site.

http://www.tznius.com/cgi-bin/product.pl?productid=37&groupid=26

I followed the link and fell in love with the skirt.  I showed my hubby, who immediately said "get a hundred!!"  which means, "go ahead and get one, if you'd like!"  So, I did... 

I was wearing it all day yesterday, and in the evening I asked my man what he was thinking and he smiled and said, "I was thinking that if there was a WellTell Me sight for guys, I would tell all of them to get their wives one of these skirts!"   :D :D :D

So...I love the skirt and am planning on using it to make a pattern in order to make some more that are similar to it!!!

Happy twirling! ;D
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: annie_9 July 25, 2006, 10:55:48 AM
I'm so excited about the skirt I just made, hopefully many more to come! I am so pleased with it, and it is a wrap skirt, modestly ankle-length and I love it! I'm kind of embarrassed to let you all know I found the pattern in my mothers collection of patterns! It was one her mom was going to sew and make for herself and never did, Mom wanted to and didn't either, so I was the first! But it really is too too simple to make and it looks very similar to the one Kayinpa mentioned except it ties to the side --- so cool!!!
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: SC August 02, 2006, 02:48:30 PM
Do any of you have a pattern for a roomy-ankle-length skirt? Id like to know any way I can about this through either sites you could recommend or your own used patterns that I could purchase, or old skirts you are done with even!  :D 

OK, I am not sure of a good pattern, but a bought a skirt from this website and loved it. Maybe you can get an idea just by looking at the pictures on the site.

http://www.tznius.com/cgi-bin/product.pl?productid=37&groupid=26

Neat website, I must say I'm tempted. I love the scarves on their homepage. I don't wear a head covering, but those are really beautiful. All the long skirts are beautiful too, and the prices seem good considering how much cloth it requires to make a skirt that long and full.

I received the wrap around skirt in denim from this site about a week ago. I don't think I'll ever like wearing another skirt! No matter what your size, it has a tailored -- not tight -- look. It is flowing and feminine without being frumpy. It doesn't cling to your legs or fly open AT ALL. It can be dressed up for Sunday or worn casual with just a t-shirt. The design ties in back so that you don't have a knot right over your belly. AND it's modest without an underslip!

I liked it so well that I purchased 4 yards of material and used the Tznius as a guide. I made sure to match the grain lines. Also, I divided the skirt into 3rds because my material wasn't as wide as the one used for the skirt. There were no buttons to sew and one long hem. If I hadn't had to make panels, it would have just been one solid piece of fabric like the one I purchased. The design is so simple and yet so flattering, this won't be the last one I make.

Also, I love the site because I was able to learn how to tie scarves (FINALLY) and headdresses that would hold my long hair. I used a scarf I had that was meant to be a beach over up -- about 4 yards long, and it was WONDERFUL. Someone stopped me in the grocery store to ask how I did it. If any of you are involved in Bible dramas, you NEED to visit the site and see what I mean.

The skirt I made cost me $16 for materials (I didn't purchase on sale). No buttons, no zippers, perfect fit. For the initial investment, I feel like I got a bargain. I've bookmarked the site to watch for sales. If the skirt is any indication, they use quality materials and their garments are well made at a reasonable price.

A NOTE TO MEN: This is one garment that you can buy for your wife without having to know her size.  ;) 8)
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: LilyEilis August 02, 2006, 04:28:51 PM

I received the wrap around skirt in denim from this site about a week ago. I don't think I'll ever like wearing another skirt! No matter what your size, it has a tailored -- not tight -- look. It is flowing and feminine without being frumpy. It doesn't cling to your legs or fly open AT ALL. It can be dressed up for Sunday or worn casual with just a t-shirt. The design ties in back so that you don't have a knot right over your belly. AND it's modest without an underslip!

I've pretty much only heard praises of this skirt and now, and your post, I'm tempted to buy one even more than I was before!  Just curious though...how tall are you and how long was the skirt on you?  I'm almost six feet tall and thus usually have to make my skirts if I want them ankle-length...and I was reading the reviews of the skirt on the website and one woman mentioned it being ankle-length on her and she was 5'4" or something like that...yet it says they are 38 inches long.  Hmmm...anyway, just curious!
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: SC August 02, 2006, 04:42:56 PM
I am 5ft 6 and the skirt is just above my ankle, well below the calf. If I were your height, I'd  be tempted to find a fabric of about 6 inches or so that I could add to the bottom. Because it is just one straight seam, it is easy enough that even if you don't sew, you are bound to know someone that will take 15 minutes with a machine to add  to the length. It would be a casual look for the skirt, but you would have it to go by to make yourself another.
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: LilyEilis August 02, 2006, 04:49:18 PM
I am 5ft 6 and the skirt is just above my ankle, well below the calf. If I were your height, I'd  be tempted to find a fabric of about 6 inches or so that I could add to the bottom. Because it is just one straight seam, it is easy enough that even if you don't sew, you are bound to know someone that will take 15 minutes with a machine to add  to the length. It would be a casual look for the skirt, but you would have it to go by to make yourself another.

Thanks for the quick reply...and for the info!  Yes, I probably could just easily add a strip to the bottom and it sounds like it's an easy skirt to reproduce once you have the orginal to go by... 
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: KD August 09, 2006, 04:07:11 AM
The wrap skirt everyone is talking about sounds great! I love to sew and would like to make one for myself! Would anyone be willing to give me the length and width of the skirt and also of the waist band. Is the hem just straight or is it rounded? Is it cut on the straight of the grain or more bias? Is there anything else I should know about the way it's made? Thank-you!
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: SC August 09, 2006, 04:57:39 PM
My wrap is 36" long. It has a 1 1/2 inch (finished) wide waist band. You can look at the pictures on the link to see how it ties. You just make a buttonhole for the sash. The waist is rounded (like a "c") as is the hem (when the garment is folded and lying flat). This is why you will need to get a very wide fabric (to accomodate the rounding). When I doubled the skirt and placed it flat, the grain of the fabric was on the diagonal of the fold, meaning it formed an x across the fold. I had to piece together 4 yards with careful cutting to make my duplicate because I had gotten a narrow cotton. You will probably need five yards.

I don't like to spend money needlessly. However, I will tell you that this is one skirt that was a very good investment. Because of the cut, the skirt flares and swishes nicely. This is hard to duplicate without one to look at. Having the original gives you a good idea of the right weight fabric to use. Additionally, I like that the proceeds go for a good cause. There just aren't many places that sell modest, not frumpy, clothes.

I know that I will purchase from them again. My one purchase has already paid off. Just my $.02
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: natural August 09, 2006, 05:27:26 PM
Just an FYI, I emailed this company to see if they had the khaki color and she said they were out and were waiting on another shipment. So within the next couple of weeks there should be a new load avaiable to buy.

THat should give us some time to budget for one :0)
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: KD August 10, 2006, 03:42:39 AM
SC, Thank-you for the info. Thats very helpful. Think I'll give it a try. Maybe when I get some money saved up I'll buy one too!  :-\
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: Isaacsmama August 28, 2006, 04:22:07 PM
just a word of caution for the wrap skirts from that web site.  I ordered one but I dont think that one size skirts are made for everyone.  It was too long and I tried to wear it but kept tripping on the front hem.  So, if you arent tall and dont wear heeled shoes, I would caution you from those skirts.  I was bummed cause they are really pretty.

An idea for a full long skirt:  turn your old jeans you dont wear anymore into skirts.  When I started dressing 'better' and didnt wear jeans anymore, I was shown how to do this.  It is really easy and you just pick a pretty fabric to fill the gap in front and back.  Rip out the seems on the inside of the legs. Im a beginner at sewing, but I figured it out, not too hard to do.
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: SC August 28, 2006, 04:29:11 PM
just a word of caution for the wrap skirts from that web site.  I ordered one but I dont think that one size skirts are made for everyone.  It was too long and I tried to wear it but kept tripping on the front hem.  So, if you arent tall and dont wear heeled shoes, I would caution you from those skirts.  I was bummed cause they are really pretty.

An idea for a full long skirt:  turn your old jeans you dont wear anymore into skirts.  When I started dressing 'better' and didnt wear jeans anymore, I was shown how to do this.  It is really easy and you just pick a pretty fabric to fill the gap in front and back.  Rip out the seems on the inside of the legs. Im a beginner at sewing, but I figured it out, not too hard to do.

I don't wear heels. I would say not to give up on your skirt too soon. Just decide how much shorter you'd like it to be 3 or 4 inches or more.

Take a ruler and measure from the bottom and mark your fold line on the inside of the skirt. Fold the finished edge to the fold line, and then fold on the fold line. This will hide the finished edge in the fold. You can then stitch the new hemline in place by hand or with a sewing machine. Just work close to the edge of the fabric farthest from the new hem line. This is a one seam fix for a skirt that will be one of your favorites. Let us know how it turns out.
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: Isaacsmama August 28, 2006, 05:28:36 PM

I don't wear heels. I would say not to give up on your skirt too soon. Just decide how much shorter you'd like it to be 3 or 4 inches or more.

sadly, i returned it allready.  wish i had some concept of sewing then.  I only recently got a machine from the thrift store and am learning how to use it.  I was very sewing ignorant, so lots to learn.  that is a good idea though, and like I said, their skirts are really pretty.
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: KD August 30, 2006, 10:07:16 AM
I'm so excited about the skirt I just made, hopefully many more to come! I am so pleased with it, and it is a wrap skirt, modestly ankle-length and I love it! I'm kind of embarrassed to let you all know I found the pattern in my mothers collection of patterns! It was one her mom was going to sew and make for herself and never did, Mom wanted to and didn't either, so I was the first! But it really is too too simple to make and it looks very similar to the one Kayinpa mentioned except it ties to the side --- so cool!!!


Can you tell me the pattern number and who it was made by?? Thanks!
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: natural October 17, 2006, 04:43:50 AM
OK, I am not sure of a good pattern, but a bought a skirt from this website and loved it. Maybe you can get an idea just by looking at the pictures on the site.

http://www.tznius.com/cgi-bin/product.pl?productid=37&groupid=26

If anyone is interested, this company has their skirts back in --they have been out for some time.
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: KeepItSimple October 17, 2006, 06:18:21 AM
I saw this web site once awhile ago, but I was concerned on whether or not the skirt would fit me...I've got the Winnie the Pooh going on (short and fat, proud of that)  :P  Actually, I am short, or for the politically correct crowd 'vertically challenged' coming in at 5'2" (or close enough to round up  ;D )...and I guess the word would be plump...I wear a 14 (up or down one size depending on the clothes/store).  I am hippy and have no rear..but my pooch in front makes up for the lack in back  ::)  So, you think the skirt would be okay for me?  I measured my hips this am and they come in at 43, my waist is 35...give me your thoughts.

On another note...any of you have older daughters?  We have been searching in vain for skirts for my daughter that are stylish but not 'old maidish' as she says.  Most of the 'modest clothing' we have found (including the wrap skirt) she doesn't much care for.  She said she would wear whatever I bought her (we are just learning how to sew..so skirts and stuff will be down the road a bit for us), but she would prefer to not dress like her mother (yet)  ;)

So...any of you have ideas?  Skirts we have found that are long, flowing and just her style have a split up to the  :-X  All the rest seem to be made for an occupation we are definitely not training her for  :o

Thanks - Camille
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: healthybratt October 17, 2006, 06:27:22 AM
So...any of you have ideas?  Skirts we have found that are long, flowing and just her style have a split up to the  :-X  All the rest seem to be made for an occupation we are definitely not training her for  :o

Thanks - Camille
Get the split skirts and add a panel.  The style of this skirt generally requires a slit for ample leg(walking) room, so if you cut a large triangle of another piece of material and stitched it on either side of the slit, you'd have a split skirt with ample covering in the rear.  ;)
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: KatieMac October 17, 2006, 06:36:44 AM
Funny Camille...you and I have the same measurements (height and all!) but I'm not fat...I'm VOLUPTUOUS  :D

Oh wait...I missed the part about you having no rear. You can have half of mine and I'd still have plenty!
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: rebekahgrif October 17, 2006, 06:57:10 AM
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On another note...any of you have older daughters?  We have been searching in vain for skirts for my daughter that are stylish but not 'old maidish' as she says.  Most of the 'modest clothing' we have found (including the wrap skirt) she doesn't much care for.  She said she would wear whatever I bought her (we are just learning how to sew..so skirts and stuff will be down the road a bit for us), but she would prefer to not dress like her mother (yet)  ;)

So...any of you have ideas?  Skirts we have found that are long, flowing and just her style have a split up to the  :-X  All the rest seem to be made for an occupation we are definitely not training her for  :o

Thanks - Camille

  You should see the girls at my church.  They ALL wear dresses mostly down to thier ankles.  A line skirts are genearlly flattering, and allow freedom of movement.  Also when looking for patterns be creative.  I know quite a few ladies who literally look in the costume section for clohing patterns...the old fashoined costumes for prarie/ country LOL.  Also the tieres skirt is nice and long and fowing, and I know was just in fashin not too long ago.  A lot of times, what blouse you put with a skirt makes it look old or young. Fabric also plays a roll.  Also a lot of the teenagers inmy church, if they find a dress./sirt with a slit, they just sew the slit up.   :D
    unfortunately, (because if you are just starting to dress modestly this can be a discouragement) in the worlds eyes if you are dressed modestly you ARE dressed old.  You might want to encourage her (if you feel that might be a discouragement for her) that there ARE guys out there that find a modeslty dressed lady attractive and not old maid at all. ;D   Another thought (and this may be nothing at all, but it just occure to me)  if this is a fairly new conviction for you, than it might not be HER conviction as of yet.  If that is the case I would pray for her and enourage her to search the Scriptures regarding how we should dress.  Hope any of that helped =-) 
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: KeepItSimple October 17, 2006, 07:21:04 AM
Hey Rebekah...

You hit several nails right on the head!  This is a relatively new conviction for me.  Not necessarily that I think wearing pants is wrong, per se, but for me it is.  Does that make sense?  At any rate, just yesterday my daughter said, 'You know, Mom, I think you're right about jeans for girls.  It just isn't right.'  She truly has been such a blessing and proof of God's grace!  We didn't know Jesus personally until she was about 12 years old.  A lot of things she knew as a way of life changed.  God's grace came in when she gave us no grief about it!  She has such a way about her and wants nothing more than to fulfill the purpose God has for her!  She told someone just recently, had you asked me 3 years ago about my future, it would have included everything about me.  Now, I am preparing myself for my future husband and learning to submit (joyfully and immediately) to my parents, so I can with him.

Anyway...I digress..about the skirts.  She still wants to look 'cool', but modest.  I guess we could get an inexpensive skirt (or two) from Goodwill and practice sewing panels where the slits are.  By the time I get done training my girls in everything I know nothing about...I'm truly going to have some character  :D

Thanks again - C.
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: SC October 17, 2006, 07:55:41 AM
Okay, here's a quick skirt for anyone with a teenage girl that wants a nice look. Okay, it could work for Mom, too. Get a pair of old jeans that fit you nicely in the hip and waist. Cut the legs off like you are going to make a pair of shorts. Tear the seam out of the crotch that separates the legs and then even out the bottom edge (no, we are NOT making a miniskirt). You can leave the pockets in or sew them closed. Measure around the bottom edge and multiply this by two or three. Purchase that much fabric at your fabric store. I recommend a cotton rather than a blend. If you can, find a print that matches the tone of the jean material. Gather one edge of the material and hem it to the jean material, leaving the seam at the back (or side, if you prefer.) Sew the seam and hem your new skirt to the desired length. Done.
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: Kansas Girl October 17, 2006, 07:58:45 AM
Okay, here's a quick skirt for anyone with a teenage girl that wants a nice look. Okay, it could work for Mom, too. Get a pair of old jeans that fit you nicely in the hip and waist. Cut the legs off like you are going to make a pair of shorts. Tear the seam out of the crotch that separates the legs and then even out the bottom edge (no, we are NOT making a miniskirt). You can leave the pockets in or sew them closed. Measure around the bottom edge and multiply this by two or three. Purchase that much fabric at your fabric store. I recommend a cotton rather than a blend. If you can, find a print that matches the tone of the jean material. Gather one edge of the material and hem it to the jean material, leaving the seam at the back (or side, if you prefer.) Sew the seam and hem your new skirt to the desired length. Done.

This is a really cute skirt idea.  I have seen them and teens like them a lot!!!  Great idea SC!!! -KG
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: lovingmomof2 October 17, 2006, 08:03:46 AM
Have you taken your daughter to look in pattern books?  Lots of skirts are really easy to make, especially if they have elastic waists.  Most skirts are just straight stitches.  Remember you can always modify the pattern too.  My younger sister (15 yrs) likes to get cheap jeans and turn them into skirts by adding fabric or more denim.  They look really cute.  Just some ideas.
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: miff aka Missi October 17, 2006, 08:11:07 AM
You should see the girls at my church. They ALL wear dresses mostly down to thier ankles. ... Also a lot of the teenagers inmy church, if they find a dress./sirt with a slit, they just sew the slit up. ...
 
That would be a load off my mind.  I would much prefer the men folk in my family to not look at half dressed gals in church.  (Or anywhere else.)  Our church, most times, looks like a fashion show with the theme "How Tight and Short Can I Get My CLothes".  And that's not just the teenage girls!  (Many of the churches here are like that.)  

I am a long dress/skirt wearer and so is my 6yo daughter.  I have a hard time finding skirts long enough, so I found a very simple pattern for her.  And I can make them even longer if I want to, when I make them myself.  I just pick material that goes with a certain blouse and put different trims to make them look like they go together.  Different material, different trim, but same pattern. Anyone have any suggestions that would help me?  Any creative tips would be greatly appreciated.  Sometimes I get in a rut and then can't think of anything else.  Thanks.

Missi  
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: KeepItSimple October 17, 2006, 09:29:06 AM
Have you taken your daughter to look in pattern books?  Lots of skirts are really easy to make, especially if they have elastic waists.  Most skirts are just straight stitches.  Remember you can always modify the pattern too.  My younger sister (15 yrs) likes to get cheap jeans and turn them into skirts by adding fabric or more denim.  They look really cute.  Just some ideas.

We are just learning to sew though  :-\  I did make my youngest daughter a couple dresses this summer...but, well, they worked I guess...I just didn't do something right that's for sure!  We'll get there!  Thanks for the ideas!
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: Pennie October 17, 2006, 10:27:01 AM
OK, I am not sure of a good pattern, but a bought a skirt from this website and loved it. Maybe you can get an idea just by looking at the pictures on the site.

http://www.tznius.com/cgi-bin/product.pl?productid=37&groupid=26

If anyone is interested, this company has their skirts back in --they have been out for some time.
Oh, I emailed these folks. I am 5' 0" and they said their wrap around would be too long for me.  They only had one they said that would work for me but I can't remember which one. 
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: Carey November 22, 2006, 04:05:18 AM
Do any of you have a pattern for a roomy-ankle-length skirt? Id like to know any way I can about this through either sites you could recommend or your own used patterns that I could purchase, or old skirts you are done with even!  :D 

I am new to sewing and new to wearing skirts, as well as a SAHM which = a bit financially challenged. I have struggled with some of the "easy" patterns and haven't quite got the hang of it yet. BUT, I did manage to make 2 skirts for myself last night ;D.!!!! Yesterday I went to a thrift store that was having a 1$ a dress sale and bought 3 denim jumpers. My husband doesn't like for me to wear jumpers but prefers flowy skirts. So I cut the tops (just under the bottom of the arm holes) off and sewed in elastic. I got 2 done in an hour and they are nice flowy denim skirts!!

Love,
  Carey
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: miff aka Missi November 22, 2006, 05:50:53 AM
I am new to sewing and new to wearing skirts, as well as a SAHM which = a bit financially challenged. I have struggled with some of the "easy" patterns and haven't quite got the hang of it yet. BUT, I did manage to make 2 skirts for myself last night ;D.!!!! Yesterday I went to a thrift store that was having a 1$ a dress sale and bought 3 denim jumpers. My husband doesn't like for me to wear jumpers but prefers flowy skirts. So I cut the tops (just under the bottom of the arm holes) off and sewed in elastic. I got 2 done in an hour and they are nice flowy denim skirts!!

Love,
  Carey
Good for you Carey!  I made a dress for my daughter from one of my old dresses.  I used the skirt part for her skirt part, so it was very flowing on her.  And I didn't even have to hem it.  I used the top part to cut out the top, and even reused the ties for her dress.  So all I bought was a zipper, thread, and a little bit of lining for the top.  Talk about a cheap little dress.

Missi
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: hjm January 07, 2007, 07:55:01 PM
The wrap skirt at Tznius.com is a simple 1/2 circle skirt made from 3 1/4 yards of 60" fabric.  It is quite easy to make.  I made one for my daughter using her measurements so the length was right.  It cost about six dollars for the material.  I would be happy to post instructions if anyone was interested.
hjm
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: herbalmom January 07, 2007, 08:14:20 PM
The wrap skirt at Tznius.com is a simple 1/2 circle skirt made from 3 1/4 yards of 60" fabric.  It is quite easy to make.  I made one for my daughter using her measurements so the length was right.  It cost about six dollars for the material.  I would be happy to post instructions if anyone was interested.
hjm

I'm interested. Thanks. Blessings ~herbalmom
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: linemansgirl January 07, 2007, 08:26:16 PM
The wrap skirt at Tznius.com is a simple 1/2 circle skirt made from 3 1/4 yards of 60" fabric.  It is quite easy to make.  I made one for my daughter using her measurements so the length was right.  It cost about six dollars for the material.  I would be happy to post instructions if anyone was interested.
hjm

Please do!  Please do!!! ;D  I would love to try making one. 
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: healthybratt January 08, 2007, 04:51:21 AM
The wrap skirt at Tznius.com is a simple 1/2 circle skirt made from 3 1/4 yards of 60" fabric.  It is quite easy to make.  I made one for my daughter using her measurements so the length was right.  It cost about six dollars for the material.  I would be happy to post instructions if anyone was interested.
hjm
I'm interested.  1/2 circle???  It's all one piece?  No seams in the skirt at all?  I was going to try this, but just hadn't gotten enough motivation to attempt it yet.  With the instructions, I'll have less excuses not to get started.
: Yes!
: jammy January 08, 2007, 06:00:30 AM
Please share the instructions, I would be VERY grateful!  I love that skirt but can't quite spend that much, eventhough it is well worth it.  Thanks!!!

Jenn
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: Melie January 08, 2007, 08:31:38 AM
Sounds to me like some of you crafty women should be turning sewing into a little side business!  I can sew but I'm never able to make things for myself that I like.  I would certainly pay someone to make me a couple nice skirts if they could be made for less than that web site.  I doubt I'm the only one.  Any takers???
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: hjm January 08, 2007, 09:47:31 AM
If you google half circle skirt, you will get several instructions for making them.  These are not wrap skirts but they give you the basic idea.  I am working on it but I probably will not have it finished till this afternoon. Kids  :)
hjm
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: chopchop January 08, 2007, 10:13:50 AM
http://www.madamexcostumes.com/newpages/ttcostumes.html
This site gives fairly clear instructions on 1/2 and full circle skirts.  Though, it may seem like greek if you haven't sewn much. HTH!
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: hjm January 08, 2007, 11:52:54 AM
To make a 1/2 circle wrap skirt, with about a 55" waist and 38" long you will need 3 1/4 yards of 60" material.  This is a little more than you need but you will need a little extra for fabric shrinkage when it is washed.  Light weight denim, medium weight, woven cotton or linen blends are good for this skirt.  Much of this skirt is on the bias which is what gives it the nice flow.  It also makes it unsuitable for stiff fabric.  The bias could make your hem uneven over time.  Bias stretches.  You can rehem it or make the skirt up to the hemming point and let it hang for a day or two and then remark and hem. 

Wash and iron your fabric.

Cut or tear your fabric so you have a rectangle 60"x112". 

Fold this in half, wrong sides together, so you have approximately a square 60"x56".

Iron this, keeping edges even.  This will give you a nice crease and matching point for making your skirt.

Open the fabric up and cut or tear a rectangle 4"x 112" off of the bottom.  If you do not want to use the selvage, cut or tear 1/2" off of the top and bottom then cut or tear 3" off of the bottom.  This is your waistband.

Fold your fabric in half again, right sides together.  You should have a square 56"x56".  We will start at the upper left corner, going clockwise and label the corners of this square, A, B, C, and D.  The fold should be on your right hand side from corner B to corner C.

Tie one end of a string to a sharpened piece of chalk or marker. Then cut the string so that it is 56" long. Anchor one end of the string at corner B (or have a second person hold it in place for you), and then use the chalk or marker end to draw an arc from corner A to corner C. This will be the lower edge of the skirt. Cut 1" off of your string and draw another arc. This needs to be chalk or a removable mark.  You will do this on both sides of the skirt.  This is for your hem.  Cut your string to 18" and draw your last arc. This is for your waistband.

If you are unsure of what the pattern looks like, I suggest you take a piece of notebook paper and make or draw a mock up so you have a visual idea of what you are doing.  Besides, it may save you from making any mistakes in your fabric. 

Cut out your arcs on the upper arc (18" arc) and lowest arc (56" arc).  The 55" arc is simply a mark to help you hem your skirt.

Open up your fabric.  You should have a 1/2 circle that has a smaller 1/2 circle opening in the middle. 

Fold your waistband (4"x112" rectangle) is half, wrong sides together, and press keeping outside edges even.  Fold up 1/2" on outer long edges, wrong sides together, and press.  This is to form the seam allowances on the ties and give you a finished edge.  Mark and press 1/2", right sides together, on the straight edges of the skirt.  If you have removed the selvage edge you will need to fold under an additional 1/2" and press.   

Open up your waistband, fold it in half right sides together, and sew a 1/4" or 1/2" seam on the short ends of your waistband. Turn them right side out.  This finishes the tie ends.  Press.

On the right side of the skirt, topstitch 3/8" from the straight edges of the skirt.  This finishes the straight edges (sides) of the wrap skirt.

Open up your waistband.  With right sides together, match the middle mark of the waistband with the middle mark of the skirt.  Pin.  Starting at the middle match the waistband and skirt pinning to the outside edge of the skirt.  Sew with a 1/2" seam allowance keeping the edge of the skirt and the edge of the waistband even.
Press the waistband up.  You may need to repress the half (long side) waistband line and 1/2 seam allowance lines if they are no longer crisp.

Match the middle mark of the skirt with the middle mark on the folded waistband.  The seam allowance of skirt should be sandwiched inside the waistband.  Pin. There are so many layers here that it is difficult to pin without causing a large bump.  On the wrong side of the skirt, glue baste (with a water soluble glue stick) or pin the lower edge of the waistband/tie in place just covering your previous line of stitching for the right side.   

Starting at one end of the ties, on the right side, sew 1/8" from the bottom edge of the tie, over the skirt section, to the opposite edge of the tie, up the short side across the top and down the final short side to complete the topstitching of the tie.
Press up the 1" hem, wrong sides together.  Open up the hem and press the lower edge up to meet the previous 1" crease mark.  You now have a pressed finished hem.
Topstitch the hem from the right side 3/8" from the lower edge. Press

Try on your skirt.  The middle crease of the skirt should be in the middle of your back.  Wrap the skirt around to the front and then the ties to the back.  Mark with chalk on the inside of the outer layer of the waistband about 2" farther along the waistband from were the under layer is overlapped by the outer layer.  Make and cut a large buttonhole on the waistband for the tie of the underlayer to thread threw to the back. 

Press and wear your new skirt! 

This whole process takes much less time to make than to write.  If any of this is not clear please ask and I will try to clarify.   If someone would like information on how to make the waist small or larger, I can explain how to get these measurements.
hjm

Below are a couple of links to sites that have information on making circle and half circle skirts.  I should warn you that they are for dancing costumes but the resulting skirt is quite modest. :)

http://optionality.net/pantarei/circleskirt.html (http://optionality.net/pantarei/circleskirt.html)

http://www.madamexcostumes.com/newpages/ttcostumes.html (http://www.madamexcostumes.com/newpages/ttcostumes.html)

http://www.shira.net/make-cskirt.htm (http://www.shira.net/make-cskirt.htm)
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: heatheronthehill January 08, 2007, 12:02:39 PM
hjm -
 This is GREAT!!!   ;D  I can't wait to try making one! 

THANK YOU, THANK YOU for taking the time to write all of this out! 
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: healthybratt January 08, 2007, 01:12:52 PM
HJM, thanks so much.

55" waist?  What size person is this for?  I realize it wraps, but I've never had a wrap skirt, so I'm not sure how much slack it's supposed to have.  I wonder what size you are and if this skirt was made for you?

Then I'm interested in how you measured for your sizes as I'd like to attempt this for my daughter as well and I think 38" would wrap around her forehead and still drag the ground.   :D
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: chopchop January 08, 2007, 02:06:47 PM
Sounds to me like some of you crafty women should be turning sewing into a little side business!  I can sew but I'm never able to make things for myself that I like.  I would certainly pay someone to make me a couple nice skirts if they could be made for less than that web site.  I doubt I'm the only one.  Any takers???

Just talked to dh and if you are interested in having some custom sewing done for you, contact me by PM.  ;D I have been sewing for about 17 yrs and have done tailoring work for  tailor shops and that sort of thing.
 If you need referrals, there are several people here on WTM that would qualify to do  that for me.  ;)
Let me know what your interested in and we can go from there.
Thanks!
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: hjm January 08, 2007, 02:30:14 PM
The 55" waist is based on the measurements at http://www.tznius.com/cgi-bin/product.pl?productid=37&groupid=26 (http://www.tznius.com/cgi-bin/product.pl?productid=37&groupid=26).  They state that the length is 38" and the waist opened up is 55".  If you had a 27" or smaller waist, this would be a problem.  27 doubled(wrapped all the way around) is 54.  

To find how long you wanted to make the skirt, measure from the waist to how long you want the skirt to be.  To find the skirt waist measurement, measure the persons waist, add how much you want it to wrap, divide this by 3 and you have the radius small circle measurement for the skirt.

(Waist measurement + wrap amount) divided by 3=the wrap skirt radius/small circle measurement.

So if my daughters waist was 20" and I wanted to have the skirt wrap 15" the total would be 35".  1/3 of 35 is about 11".  11"x3.14 (pi) will give me a measurement of 34 1/2".  This is close enough for the wrap skirt.

(The waist to floor measurement + the radius measurement) times 2= the amount of material I will need for the skirt.

So if I wanted the skirt to be 30"long, I would need 82" of material (a little less than 3 yards) by 60" wide.  

My rectangle in the instructions would be 42"x82".  I would need a waistband 4"x82".  

hjm
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: healthybratt January 08, 2007, 03:12:47 PM
To find how long you wanted to make the skirt, ...My rectangle in the instructions would be 42"x82".  I would need a waistband 4"x82".   
WOW!  You're good.  Thanks for the info.  Now to talk hubby into a trip to the fabric store.   ;)
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: jammy January 09, 2007, 04:34:22 AM
Thanks so much!  Now I am off to try and find some 60" material online.   ;D 

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: fairflowers January 20, 2007, 06:32:34 PM
Ahhhh!  Just what I have been looking for the past 2 days!!!

I saw the skirt at Tznius first, then I've been searching the 'net for wrap skirts and patterns.  Finally found this board (which I had previously signed up for!) in my search results.  Thank you, a thousand times, thank you!  for posting those instructions.

Just in case anyone is interested, there is a type of skirt called a Tibetan Chupa which is also a type of wrap skirt that seems to be pretty simple to construct.  I mention it because I have problems with long flowy skirts getting caught under chairs, tripped on, and  "swishing" too much.  (I'm a student midwife and the last time I wore a full skirt on a birth it really got in my way because we had things on the floor.)

A Chupa looks like a straight or a-line skirt, but it has a doubled panel on each side (extra waistband and skirt) that fold to the back where the attached ties cross and go back to the front to tie.  So you still have the freedom of movement (the panels unfold as needed) without a full skirt that gets in the way.  The pattern I saw on the 'net was by Folkwear Patterns. 

Thanks again!

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: Melly January 22, 2007, 05:21:39 PM
I just came accros this page of instructions for a peasant skirt.  Looks simple
http://www.jcarolinecreative.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Store_Code=JC&Screen=PSKIRT
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: joy b January 22, 2007, 06:48:53 PM
For those of you who have a Hancock Fabrics around, they frequently have patterns on sale for $.99.  I have gotten some nice skirt patterns there.  Of course, so many patterns nowdays are made to hang on the hips, so watch out.  If you are slender, you may need to modify them slightly so they don't fall off!   :-[
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: jammy January 23, 2007, 03:20:48 AM
I wonder if you can order online for that price.......I'm going to check! :D
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: rebeccahuff February 20, 2007, 10:58:26 AM
Speaking of skirts, has anyone here ever seen a pattern for a riding skirt? I think sometimes called a split skirt? Cattle Kate has the skirt for sale for almost $100, whoa cowgirl, can't afford that! But we ride horses a lot and would like a skirt that we could ride in and these look so cute! It's not a culotte, but sort of like one, only much prettier.
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: daisey February 20, 2007, 12:01:50 PM
Speaking of skirts, has anyone here ever seen a pattern for a riding skirt? I think sometimes called a split skirt? Cattle Kate has the skirt for sale for almost $100, whoa cowgirl, can't afford that! But we ride horses a lot and would like a skirt that we could ride in and these look so cute! It's not a culotte, but sort of like one, only much prettier.
I have checked those out also but you are right~~~I don't know any cow girls around here that could afford that.    They were really pretty though.
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: rebeccahuff February 23, 2007, 02:57:52 PM
I think the split skirt would be hard to sew too, probably not something someone would want to undertake unless they had a good bit of experience. I don't think I'd be qualified. But I'd really like to have one!
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: Jeanne Carol May 01, 2007, 04:44:05 PM
Hello

I am looking for a culotte pattern.Know where to get one?

Em

Several years back I bought a pattern for shorts that had a flare, and I lengthened it.  I sewed it together on the wrong sides first, and my daughters had a great laugh at the ridiculous looking pair of shorts I held up... it looked like a giant U.  Anyway, redid it the right way and they looked great.  The original pattern (don't have the #, sorry) was much shorter than culottes.  ~ Jeanne
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: AllinHisTime May 03, 2007, 06:54:47 PM
Do any of you have a pattern for a roomy-ankle-length skirt? Id like to know any way I can about this through either sites you could recommend or your own used patterns that I could purchase, or old skirts you are done with even!  :D 

I have a friend who put some great, detailed instructions on her website. 

Here is the link:  http://www.xanga.com/connimom

Once you get there, underneath her picture are the directions.  They are on the left hand side of the page.  It is a wrap skirt like the ones that have been mentioned on here. 

She's great and you'll love her too!!! 
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: kenshelpmeet May 04, 2007, 02:30:01 AM
Hello

I am looking for a culotte pattern.Know where to get one?

Em

There is info on making two different kinds of culottes in the link SC mentioned (Reply #3 of this thread, see ch. 9). :)
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: kaira May 04, 2007, 03:49:33 AM
I just wanted to share a money-saving sewing tip...

A girlfriend of mine and I have been getting together to do our sewing lately.  It is so much fun that way - we just let the 6 boys play outside and we sew skirts.  We recently have started using sheets for material with great success. The nice thing is that sheets are much wider than regular fabric and we have found several nice sheet sets for less than $1.  I line everything with inexpensive muslin so the sheets have worked really well.  It is garage sale season here so don't pass over the linens without giving it some thought.  ;D  Just wanted to pass our newest money saving tip along.
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: Jlynn May 04, 2007, 04:13:21 AM
Great tip!  Sheets also make great curtains  ;D
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: pdg4kids May 04, 2007, 04:46:55 AM
OH this is PERFECT!  I am starting to teach my daughter sewing, and a woman from church is just learning, so this link would be just right!
thanks!!
pdg4kids
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: mom24boys May 04, 2007, 06:28:20 AM

I have a friend who put some great, detailed instructions on her website. 

Here is the link:  http://www.xanga.com/connimom

Once you get there, underneath her picture are the directions.  They are on the left hand side of the page.  It is a wrap skirt like the ones that have been mentioned on here. 

She's great and you'll love her too!!! 

I am wondering if someone could copy the pattern from this web site for me and email it to my personal email.

My problem is that our server is filtered and they have globally blocked sites like xanga, my space, craig's list and photo bucket  >:(  (we like to keep things "careful" but now are missing out on a lot of good stuff because of the unsavory content of a portion of the people on many of these sites).

Anyway, I could really use the pattern as I have lost over 50# and need some new clothes that can shrink a bit with me before I have to get more. -- in fact, I think I could easily cut down a wrap skirt and remake it 2-3 times before it isn't worth the effort.

So... if you could copy the directions and email them to me at jmek@integrity.com, I would be very grateful.  And, honest, I will not not use it in any way that would be copywrite infringement!

mom24boys
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: mom24boys May 04, 2007, 06:34:25 AM
Sheets!  What a great idea!  You can get some brand new sheets for $5 on sale sometime.  Can't beat that price for material.  I''e used them for curtains and old ones for making slips but never thought to use them instead of fabric by the yard for clothing.

I also have 2 sets of queen size sheets now that my hubby doesn't like but would be great for skirts (I spoiled him with some high thread count sheets and now he won't go back to the "dark ages" of cheap sheets!  What have I done to my country-boy husband?!!)
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: kaira May 04, 2007, 07:48:02 AM
Yes, $5 is a great price.  I was at Younkers the day after Thanksgiving - my annual pilgrimage to the miserable mall - and I purchased 2 sets of $30 sheets for $5 each in a gorgeous red.  One set is on a bunkbed and the other is now a skirt for me and a skirt for my friend - oh, and I got a whole bunch of really nice quality elastic out of that fitted sheet  ;D  I would also use nice drapery panels if I found some.  When I made the sheet skirts I was able to preserve the nice finished edges and I felt so resourceful.  I love being creative like that.  I think it is a great way to teach a new seamstress - not just the technique but how to be creative and save money... I hope to hear your success stories soon.

Kaira

p.s.  I have so enjoyed sewing with my friend it almost makes me want to have a sewing bee - like a quilting bee.
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: kittyninja May 09, 2007, 01:08:15 PM
http://patternsthatfityou.com/frskirtcl.htm (http://patternsthatfityou.com/frskirtcl.htm)

i wanted to post this for anyone interested.
it seemed like a neat site. with "free" classes. wish i'd learn.

i was on it trying to figure out what a 6-8 gored skirt is. still don't know! anyone?  did a bull get a hold of it?
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: kaira May 09, 2007, 01:23:08 PM
Hi Kitty,

A gore skirt would be a skirt that instead of having two panels (a front and a back) maybe has 6 of 8 or 10 panels.  they are usually more narrow at the top (waist) and wider on the bottom.  The more gores the more full your skirt is - and I think prettier.  Hope that helps.

I like that website as well - it is in my bookmarks and I sent it to someone on here today via email.

 :) Kaira
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: SC May 09, 2007, 01:26:14 PM
Another nice thing about gored skirts is that they allow for a more tailored fit at the waist and hip while providing a nice full drape over the legs to the hem. So, you get the fullness of the skirt at the bottom without the bulk around the waist that would happen without the tapering effect of the gores (panels). HTH
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: kaira May 09, 2007, 01:37:18 PM
Another nice thing about gored skirts is that they allow for a more tailored fit at the waist and hip while providing a nice full drape over the legs to the hem. So, you get the fullness of the skirt at the bottom without the bulk around the waist that would happen without the tapering effect of the gores (panels). HTH

Okay, okay, SC always explains things better  ;)
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: Naomismama May 09, 2007, 01:42:13 PM
QUESTION!!!
Does anyone know of a good modest shirt pattern they could recommend?? My sister and I agonize over buying shirts. We are looking for something where the sleeves are at least down to the elbow and no higher, a regular close fitting neck line, and something that isn't all tapered around the bodice, comes down long enogh, maybe to our hips - all that without looking like total nerds!  ;D LOL If anyone can recommend anything, I'd appreciate it!
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: SC May 09, 2007, 02:14:44 PM
QUESTION!!!
Does anyone know of a good modest shirt pattern they could recommend?? . . . . . all that without looking like total nerds!  ;D LOL If anyone can recommend anything, I'd appreciate it!

LOL! You mean without the pocket protector!? ;D
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: NaturallyGinger May 09, 2007, 03:22:55 PM
I love this wrap skirt.  It would be great, for summer, about knee length with some patchwork around the bottom.  I cant wait to make one!
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: CrimsonRose May 09, 2007, 03:25:47 PM
http://patternsthatfityou.com/frskirtcl.htm (http://patternsthatfityou.com/frskirtcl.htm)

i wanted to post this for anyone interested.
it seemed like a neat site. with "free" classes. wish i'd learn.


Good site! I had forgotten about it. I also have enjoyed looking at http://www.seeitsewit.com/store/stores_app/store.asp?Store_id=129&page_id=5  The basic knit skirt pattern is free (and you can easily lengthen it if the mid-calf lengthen is shorter than you desire) and there are some additional details* that you can purchase for under $10 (I think). I so want to make the one with the flounce...it's so girly yet modest. And it adds more ease for walking.
FYI, you do have to register to able to access the free patterns and classes.
* instructions for the flounce, ruching, etc.
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: Naomismama May 09, 2007, 09:33:06 PM
QUESTION!!!
Does anyone know of a good modest shirt pattern they could recommend?? . . . . . all that without looking like total nerds!  ;D LOL If anyone can recommend anything, I'd appreciate it!

LOL! You mean without the pocket protector!? ;D

NO pocket protector!!! :o  We still want to maintain some kind of level of dignity!!! LOL
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: AnnaBanana May 09, 2007, 09:49:12 PM
Don't have time to read replies to see if this has already been brought up, but I came across the circle pattern the other day, and I just love it!!  It is so full and beautiful, and most of all, anyone can make one!  Just google circle skirt pattern, and you'll find sites with good instructions for making your own pattern.  Very easy.  Promise.  ;)
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: SC May 20, 2007, 07:30:04 AM
With summer being here, I thought I'd pass along my trick for turning a slip into a split slip (one with legs) to prevent your legs sweating against each other.

I cut a piece of muslin (100% cotton) in a long rectangle 10 inches wide by your slip length less 12 inches (this is from waistband to hem) doubled. So, if your slip was 36 inches long, your muslin would be 10 inches by 48 inches (24x2).

Lay your slip on a flat surface and cut up the middle from the hem towards the waistband. Stop 12 inches below the waistband. You should have two raw edges (one on the front and one on the back).

Pin the muslin (right sides together) to the front raw edge matching the long side. Repeat for the back using the other long side of the muslin. Sew securely and hem at the bottom. This will create two legs of natural fiber that will be kind to your skin.  The slip will still move and sway like a slip, with the hidden panel now sewn between your legs. The 10 inches allows for this, but if you have a slimmer fitting slip, you could adjust your fabric and make it more narrow.

If you have matching fabric, you can do this also with a skirt to make a split skirt. I like this method because it doesn't create a seam which splits your bottom and tends to ride up. Just reinforce the seam at the crotch. This method also helps preserve the natural drape of the skirt rather than just looking like a pair of cut off pants.
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: busymomma May 30, 2007, 02:22:22 PM
With summer being here, I thought I'd pass along my trick for turning a slip into a split slip (one with legs) to prevent your legs sweating against each other.

I cut a piece of muslin (100% cotton) in a long rectangle 10 inches wide by your slip length less 12 inches (this is from waistband to hem) doubled. So, if your slip was 36 inches long, your muslin would be 10 inches by 48 inches (24x2).

Lay your slip on a flat surface and cut up the middle from the hem towards the waistband. Stop 12 inches below the waistband. You should have two raw edges (one on the front and one on the back).

Pin the muslin (right sides together) to the front raw edge matching the long side. Repeat for the back using the other long side of the muslin. Sew securely and hem at the bottom. This will create two legs of natural fiber that will be kind to your skin.  The slip will still move and sway like a slip, with the hidden panel now sewn between your legs. The 10 inches allows for this, but if you have a slimmer fitting slip, you could adjust your fabric and make it more narrow.

If you have matching fabric, you can do this also with a skirt to make a split skirt. I like this method because it doesn't create a seam which splits your bottom and tends to ride up. Just reinforce the seam at the crotch. This method also helps preserve the natural drape of the skirt rather than just looking like a pair of cut off pants.
Wow!  Thanks! I have that problem being a bit "fluffy" I will have to try that  ;D
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: healthybratt May 31, 2007, 05:23:58 AM
i was on it trying to figure out what a 6-8 gored skirt is. still don't know! anyone?  did a bull get a hold of it?
I'd also like to know, but I googled and it appears it's just a skirt with 6 pieces (not including the waistband).
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: shesaidthis May 31, 2007, 06:10:41 AM
i was on it trying to figure out what a 6-8 gored skirt is. still don't know! anyone?  did a bull get a hold of it?
I'd also like to know, but I googled and it appears it's just a skirt with 6 pieces (not including the waistband).
In those rare moments when I have spare time, I sew.  I know what a gore is, but I don't know how to describe it without a picture.  I will do my best.  A gore is just a part of the skirt.  It usually tapers (gets thinner)at the top to fit the waist and flares (gets bigger) at the bottom.  The number of gores will reflect the fullness of the skirt at the bottom.  Often, with gore skirt patterns, you can increase the size of the skirt simply by adding another gore.  Depending on the pattern, there may or may not be a separate waist band.  You can have a fitted band with a zipper or just an elastic waistband.  The ones with an elastic waist are very easy to sew.  If you can manage to sew in a straight line and can follow directions, you can make one of these.  HTH
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: SC May 31, 2007, 06:38:10 AM
A gore is just another way to say a 'panel' of a skirt that has a flare at the bottom. A skirt with 2 panels isn't really referred to as a 2 gore. But from 3 or 4 and more, the panels are called gores if they flare at the bottom. The combined width of the panels connected at the waist equals the waist size for a fitted look. The width of the panels combined at the hem creates a flare.

The purpose of the gores (panels) is so that the grain of the fabric is lying consistently throughout the garment. This cannot be duplicated when the skirt is one large piece of fabric. The lay of the grain affects the drape of the garment and the movement at the hem.

To understand the lay of the grain of a piece of fabric, imagine a striped piece of fabric. If you cut it in one piece (like for a circular skirt) the stripes would not all run from the waist band to the hem in a straight line. Using gores allows the stripes to run from the waistband to the hem more consistently.

Fabric will give and stretch more on the bias (diagonal to the grain) than on the grain. Some fabrics have more stretch than others. Other fabrics are made to stretch in all directions. This is why the direction of the grain affects the look of the garment.

HTH
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: AllinHisTime May 31, 2007, 06:49:29 AM
QUESTION!!!
Does anyone know of a good modest shirt pattern they could recommend?? My sister and I agonize over buying shirts. We are looking for something where the sleeves are at least down to the elbow and no higher, a regular close fitting neck line, and something that isn't all tapered around the bodice, comes down long enogh, maybe to our hips - all that without looking like total nerds!  ;D LOL If anyone can recommend anything, I'd appreciate it!

This may sound weird, but a friend of mine and I were talking about this while we were at a few local resale shops.  We found that tiny maternity clothes...(ya know the ones that don't look like maternity clothing but are for the not-so-big pregnant ladies?) are less fitting around the bodice areas and are pretty modest.  So, we walked out of there with a few maternity tops and they look great! I figure if and when I do get pregnant, Lord willing, then I'll have a few items instock "on faith".  *_*

Alot of it depends on the cut and style of the shirt and your own shape as well.  The last thing I want is to LOOK pregnant when I am not!
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: SC May 31, 2007, 07:24:04 AM
QUESTION!!!
Does anyone know of a good modest shirt pattern they could recommend?? My sister and I agonize over buying shirts. We are looking for something where the sleeves are at least down to the elbow and no higher, a regular close fitting neck line, and something that isn't all tapered around the bodice, comes down long enogh, maybe to our hips - all that without looking like total nerds!  ;D LOL If anyone can recommend anything, I'd appreciate it!

I found this site with LOTS of free patterns online. They have skirts, dresses, tops/tunics, pants and other. Some are charity patterns and all they ask is that if you use one, you make extra for a charity.
http://www.fmfcorp.com/familyspot/sewing.html#tops
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: SC June 01, 2007, 04:31:19 AM
If you are learning to sew or want to hone your skills, I found this resource online. It's free and it shows you how to make your own patterns from your own measurements. There is an entire textbook that you can look through with patterns and methods from the 1900's to the 1950's. They show you how to make a sloper (sort of a paper guide based on your measurements), and from that how to design your own fashions. If I had a daughter, I would use this as a math credit for homeschooling. They even have tips on how to do your own dry cleaning.
http://www.vintagesewing.info/

I also found these instructions on how to draft a 3, 5 and 7 gore skirt.
http://www.tudorlinks.com/treasury/freepatterns/w191214cdgoreskirt.html

The instructions are good, but I would add two items that they did not mention:

First, measure down from your waist to your hip. This may be from 7 to 12 inches, depending on your size. Then, measure around your hips at the widest part (tighten those cheeks  :)). When you are constructing your draft for your skirt, give enough room for your hip measurement. In other words, on the front panel, the waist measurement is 1/8 of your total waist measurement. Seven inches lower, there should be a horizontal line 1/8 of your total hip measurement. Repeat this on the side and back panels using 1/4 of your total hip measurement. Drawing a line down from the waist to the hip and following the angle out to the hem will give you enough room for movement at the hem.

Second, when determining the length of your skirt, measure from your waist to the floor. Have a measurement for the front, the side (from your waist, over the hip, to the floor) and the rear (from your waist over your bum to the floor). Once you have these three measurements, SUBTRACT the number of inches you wish your hemline to rise from the floor. So, if you are short and wish your skirt to fall just below the knee, you might want the hemline to rise 12(+/-) inches from the floor. A taller person may only wish to subtract 3 or 4 inches from the total length. This method allows the hemline to hang evenly (relative to the floor) all of the way around. This keeps the back from riding up if you must bend or stoop.

Are you saying to cut the back (or sides) longer than the front? If the measurement from your waist to the floor is longer in the back (or sides), yes. When you are wearing the garment, this allowance will make sure that your hem falls at the same place all of the way around.
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: shesaidthis June 01, 2007, 05:32:01 AM
Off I go to try to make time for all the skirts I want to sew.  Thanks, SC.  You explained all this far better than I could!   :-*
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: CrimsonRose June 02, 2007, 02:26:46 PM
Off I go to try to make time for all the skirts I want to sew.  Thanks, SC.  You explained all this far better than I could!   :-*

I second this. The pattern website is GREAT. You've saved me a whole lot of "google time".

QUESTION!!!
Does anyone know of a good modest shirt pattern they could recommend?? . . . . . all that without looking like total nerds!  ;D LOL If anyone can recommend anything, I'd appreciate it!

LOL! You mean without the pocket protector!? ;D

NO pocket protector!!! :o  We still want to maintain some kind of level of dignity!!! LOL

{This isn't about a pattern, I haven't quite gotten the courage to move onto shirts yet. The idea of making all those adjustments (shoulder, bust, armhole, dart position...) is rather scary to me and I would have to adjust it, because being petite patterns don't fit quite right just they way they are printed.} 
Anyway, maybe you could try sleeveless blouses/shells with sweaters or jackets? That way you can have a stylishly modest outfit, at least for church and the like. I have several open-weave cotton sweaters and light-weight silk sweaters that I wear with sleeveless tops. It works for all but the hottest days of summer and the best part is you can wear your shells most of the year by pairing them with heavier sweaters or blazers/jackets in the winter and the lighter weight sweaters and jackets in the summer. Just a thought...
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: SC June 03, 2007, 03:48:34 AM
Here's a quick tip for someone wanting a fitted look without a lot of sewing. Put your garment on inside out and look in the mirror for a guide. Pin the garment leaving enough allowance for ease of movement. You may either insert darts or just take in room at the seams. When you remove the garment (because you were wearing it inside out), it will be ready for alterations. In this way you can remake clothes that would otherwise not be worn.

To adjust the hem on a garment. Get your measurement from the waist to the floor (wearing whatever shoes you prefer). Subtract from that number the number of inches you wish your hem to rise above the floor. See my note above about taking side and back measurements. Your resulting answer will tell you how long to make your skirt and where to hem it without needing an extra pair of eye/hands to help you pin the hem.

Okay, I have to go and hug my boys now, because all of you have me thinking about daughters  :-\ ;D
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: Kymdenise June 07, 2007, 02:41:10 PM
Argghhh.. Okay, so I made a really cute skirt.. I cut off jeans and attached gathered material.. like a peasant skirt. I did two tiers.. One problem.. I didn't really measure the hem, so of course on the sides, it hangs lower than the front and back (I'm really new to this).. Any suggestions on how to fix? I'd love to attach a pic, but I don't know how. I was soooo close to pulling this off!
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: SC June 07, 2007, 02:47:27 PM
Argghhh.. Okay, so I made a really cute skirt.. I cut off jeans and attached gathered material.. like a peasant skirt. I did two tiers.. One problem.. I didn't really measure the hem, so of course on the sides, it hangs lower than the front and back (I'm really new to this).. Any suggestions on how to fix? I'd love to attach a pic, but I don't know how. I was soooo close to pulling this off!
see reply #102  ;)
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: joychild24seven June 10, 2007, 11:48:13 AM
Argghhh.. Okay, so I made a really cute skirt.. I cut off jeans and attached gathered material.. like a peasant skirt. I did two tiers.. One problem.. I didn't really measure the hem, so of course on the sides, it hangs lower than the front and back (I'm really new to this).. Any suggestions on how to fix? I'd love to attach a pic, but I don't know how. I was soooo close to pulling this off!

Isn't the uneven hem in style now anyway! Just wear it and smile... people will think you meant for it to look that way!
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: titus2wam July 14, 2007, 04:08:33 AM
I know this thread is older and i have not read true the entire thing, but i found this pattern and though you might be interested
http://www.xanga.com/connimom/550031672/making-a-wrap-skirt---part-2.html

http://www.xanga.com/connimom/549154186/how-to-make-a-wrap-skirt---part-1-cutting.html

I hope these are clickable.
In HIM
Jeri
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: YoopreMama November 19, 2007, 03:49:06 PM
I just came accros this page of instructions for a peasant skirt.  Looks simple
http://www.jcarolinecreative.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Store_Code=JC&Screen=PSKIRT
I just discovered this today, too.  We're going to try it for dd who is 8--the calculator is nice for computing how much you need based on waist/hips.  I think the links are the same...
http://www.jcarolinecreative.com/Merchant2/peasantskirt_inst.html
I've pulled my scrap fabric out...time to figure out our design!  How exciting!   ;D
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: YoopreMama November 21, 2007, 09:00:05 AM
Here's the photo of the skirt I like better (from the craft show), w/o a pattern.  I'm going to try and duplicate it anyway...
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: KADETMmom November 22, 2007, 05:44:16 AM
For those of you making the peasant skirts ((lots of gathering)), here's a method I learned from my SIL...

Instead of gathering stitches...  Use a long piece of yarn - string is much preferred - and use a large enough zig-zag stitch to attach string as your 'gathering' stitches - make sure to keep it all in your seam allowance - I don't remove anything but the string.  Key: don't catch fibers from yarn or string, or it won't work very well. 

{and I hope this making sense to someone!   ::) }

So, now you can quickly pull your string to gather the material... pin and stitch... remove string and use it again on the next gather.

I inherited some cotton string (for crocheting/tatting??? I don't remember) that works perfectly for me.  Hope you can find something similar if you want to try this.  Avoid yarn if at all possible -- the fibers are way too loose to make this as easy as it can be with the right string.   ;)

hth!  Have fun with your projects! 

...off to stir the potatoes...
melanie
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: YoopreMama November 22, 2007, 09:18:07 AM
Thanks, Melanie, I think I followed that...now to think about where I have some string...I like the idea!  :)
P.S.  I picked and cut out the fabric for skirt #1 today and lined up the fabrics for #2...the first is white, yellow, blue/yellow, blue, and white.  If it turns out...I'll post!  ;D
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: YoopreMama November 28, 2007, 11:57:40 AM
OK...so I got it made and learned lots.  ;D  I think I'll make more, knowing what to do differently...the top blue is my dd's shirt pulled up.  The skirt begins at the white layer...need to modify lengths of tiers some...
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: Nickole November 28, 2007, 12:03:27 PM
Oh precious!  This really inspires me!
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: healthybratt November 28, 2007, 06:00:57 PM
I found a petticoat pattern and I have some material that is too sheer for a skirt, so I figured "why not?".  Anyway, I'm just wondering about how bunchy the material will be.  Does anyone know if I should make the petticoat smaller around than the tier skirt (like maybe an inch smaller all the way down??)  What do you gals think?

Here's the pattern from a link SC posted earlier.

http://www.theanticraft.com/archive/imbolc07/petticoat.htm (http://www.theanticraft.com/archive/imbolc07/petticoat.htm)
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: herbalmom November 28, 2007, 06:14:14 PM
I found a petticoat pattern and I have some material that is too sheer for a skirt, so I figured "why not?".  Anyway, I'm just wondering about how bunchy the material will be.  Does anyone know if I should make the petticoat smaller around than the tier skirt (like maybe an inch smaller all the way down??)  What do you gals think?

Here's the pattern from a link SC posted earlier.

http://www.theanticraft.com/archive/imbolc07/petticoat.htm (http://www.theanticraft.com/archive/imbolc07/petticoat.htm)

If you are going to use that pattern for a petticoat to go under a skirt that is fuller than it is it's pretty slim fitting already so I wouldn't make it any smaller.  HTH Blessings ~herbalmom
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: healthybratt November 29, 2007, 06:41:13 AM
I was going to use the skirt calculator that Yooper posted, but I don't have near enough material for the bottom tiers and I only have enough material to make 3 tiers instead of four.  I have a design written on paper but it's not tried and I was hoping that if you have any tips or patterns, I could compare them to my figures and make sure I'm on the right track.  ;)
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: YoopreMama November 30, 2007, 11:29:45 AM
I'm looking for more patterns now...I didn't realize eBay sells a lot of sewing patterns...the kind we like are termed "vintage".  :D

http://www.butterick.com/item/B4722.htm?tab=girls_boys_girls_plus&page=1

http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M5174.htm?tab=girls_boys_7_16_girls_plus&page=3

http://www.simplicity.com/index.cfm?cat=1&type=4&sec=15&startrow=1 (4106)
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: Nickole November 30, 2007, 12:00:10 PM
I saw patterns on ebay as well.  Also other terms to look up skirts to buy:

Broomstick
Peasant
Gypsy
Hippie
Tiered
Prairie
Bohemian
Western 

I think that's all but I'll modify this if I remember any more.  I know b/c I just recently looked up skirts to buy for myself and I noticed these terms so then that helped search further.  Got a beautiful skirt coming from Thailand for me.  Can't wait! 
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: healthybratt December 09, 2007, 01:36:27 PM
Thanks everyone.  I've known how to sew for years, but pattern making is another story.  Thanks to all of you, I was able to design and make a skirt with stuff/remnants I had around the house.  ;D  Here's the pics.  The 3rd one is my daughter standing over the heat vent.  I thought it was hilarious.

click to enlarge

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y16/zippyboot/WellTellMe/th_IMAG0005.jpg) (http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y16/zippyboot/WellTellMe/IMAG0005.jpg)   (http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y16/zippyboot/WellTellMe/th_IMAG0009.jpg) (http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y16/zippyboot/WellTellMe/IMAG0009.jpg)   (http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y16/zippyboot/WellTellMe/th_IMAG0003.jpg) (http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y16/zippyboot/WellTellMe/IMAG0003.jpg)
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: Mrs. B December 09, 2007, 02:30:02 PM
The 3rd one is my daughter standing over the heat vent.  I thought it was hilarious.

 (http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y16/zippyboot/WellTellMe/th_IMAG0003.jpg) (http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y16/zippyboot/WellTellMe/IMAG0003.jpg)

I looked at the pictures before reading the text and was wondering if in picture #3 if that was the look you were going for.... ;D
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: Melie December 09, 2007, 03:21:35 PM
#3 looks like a layered cake.

Thanks everyone.  I've known how to sew for years, but pattern making is another story.  Thanks to all of you, I was able to design and make a skirt with stuff/remnants I had around the house.  ;D  Here's the pics.  The 3rd one is my daughter standing over the heat vent.  I thought it was hilarious.

click to enlarge

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y16/zippyboot/WellTellMe/th_IMAG0005.jpg) (http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y16/zippyboot/WellTellMe/IMAG0005.jpg)   (http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y16/zippyboot/WellTellMe/th_IMAG0009.jpg) (http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y16/zippyboot/WellTellMe/IMAG0009.jpg)   (http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y16/zippyboot/WellTellMe/th_IMAG0003.jpg) (http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y16/zippyboot/WellTellMe/IMAG0003.jpg)


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: GarlicMomma December 29, 2007, 01:31:50 PM
I just want to say I just made the skirt from this site this afternoon:

http://www.xanga.com/connimom/549154186/how-to-make-a-wrap-skirt---part-1-cutting.html

And I recommend it. It is a simple semi circle hemmed with a waistband attached. Sewing is a breeze.

It is the first wrap around skirt I have owned that will not show anything in the breeze.
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: sweetestday December 29, 2007, 04:54:15 PM
I just want to say I just made the skirt from this site this afternoon:

http://www.xanga.com/connimom/549154186/how-to-make-a-wrap-skirt---part-1-cutting.html

And I recommend it. It is a simple semi circle hemmed with a waistband attached. Sewing is a breeze.

It is the first wrap around skirt I have owned that will not show anything in the breeze.

I've made several, because I loved mine that my hubby ordered for me over the internet. They were very easy for me, and I have done hardly any sewing... besides baby diapers and slings. I made one for my pregnant friend, too, as they make great maternity skirts.
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: sweetestday February 17, 2008, 01:08:19 PM
I just found this site from another forum....
Thought these were kind of cute:
http://www.craftsofchaddsford.com/denimbroomskirt.htm
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: Mrs. B February 17, 2008, 04:11:12 PM
I just found this site from another forum....
Thought these were kind of cute:
http://www.craftsofchaddsford.com/denimbroomskirt.htm
My dd had one similar to this that had the bottom layer of fabric sewn to the jeans with the jean raw edge left exposed... it was a nice effect..
: Re: Skirt Pattern Anyone?
: Kati*did March 24, 2008, 08:47:32 AM
I love dancing and so I like skirts that are really swirly and "gypsy"  ;D.  I found a really simple tutorial for a flamenco skirt that is SO pretty and thought someone here might like it, too:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=3905
: Re: Skirt Pattern Anyone?
: girly April 09, 2008, 10:17:55 AM
I have a girlfriend who is starting to explore skirt wearing.  She's currently pregnant and new to sewing.  She wants to start sewing some skirts for herself but it isn't always easy to start learning how to follow a pattern and get a good wearable result.  She's not had luck finding skirts in the stores.  I'd like to make her a simple skirt if anyone has a link to some maternity skirt patterns online.  Thanks.


I love dancing and so I like skirts that are really swirly and "gypsy"  ;D.  I found a really simple tutorial for a flamenco skirt that is SO pretty and thought someone here might like it, too:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=3905

I love this skirt, I'm going to have to look at that pattern.  Thanks for sharing!
: Re: Skirt Pattern Anyone?
: ladyhen April 09, 2008, 10:52:12 AM
I have a girlfriend who is starting to explore skirt wearing.  She's currently pregnant and new to sewing.  She wants to start sewing some skirts for herself but it isn't always easy to start learning how to follow a pattern and get a good wearable result.  She's not had luck finding skirts in the stores.  I'd like to make her a simple skirt if anyone has a link to some maternity skirt patterns online.  Thanks.


I love dancing and so I like skirts that are really swirly and "gypsy"  ;D.  I found a really simple tutorial for a flamenco skirt that is SO pretty and thought someone here might like it, too:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=3905

I love this skirt, I'm going to have to look at that pattern.  Thanks for sharing!

This site has some simple, gathered skirts that would work for maternity.   'Course, I'm one of those 'long and full' skirt people. 
: Re: Skirt Pattern Anyone?
: sweetestday December 08, 2009, 10:43:47 AM
Do any of you have a pattern for a roomy-ankle-length skirt? Id like to know any way I can about this through either sites you could recommend or your own used patterns that I could purchase, or old skirts you are done with even!  :D 

I have a friend who put some great, detailed instructions on her website. 

Here is the link:  http://www.xanga.com/connimom

Once you get there, underneath her picture are the directions.  They are on the left hand side of the page.  It is a wrap skirt like the ones that have been mentioned on here. 

She's great and you'll love her too!!! 

I made a few of these skirts several years ago, and really like the pattern. I don't know why I never printed it off, but now her site is shut down. Does anyone have the directions to make that wrap skirt that she had on her site? It's identical to the one on the Tznuis site. Thanks!
: Re: Skirt Pattern Anyone?
: ~esposita~ December 09, 2009, 01:14:12 AM
Yes.  I've made a couple of those skirts!  It would take a lot of brain power for me to describe the specific details to make the skirt; I am far from a seamstress.  But, I do have the dimensions to cut.

You know how to fold it, yes?  Well, the small, inner circle is on a 14" radius.  The larger circle would be on a 50 - 56" radius, depending on how long you want it; I usually cut it at 51" to allow for hem, yielding 36" length.

Let me know if you need more info!
: Re: Skirt Pattern Anyone?
: sweetestday December 09, 2009, 06:32:20 PM
Yes.  I've made a couple of those skirts!  It would take a lot of brain power for me to describe the specific details to make the skirt; I am far from a seamstress.  But, I do have the dimensions to cut.

You know how to fold it, yes?  Well, the small, inner circle is on a 14" radius.  The larger circle would be on a 50 - 56" radius, depending on how long you want it; I usually cut it at 51" to allow for hem, yielding 36" length.

Let me know if you need more info!

Thank you very much!!!