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Skirt Formula

A foolproof method to create up to eight silhouettes

Threads #205, Oct./Nov. 2019
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In the early days of my career as a designer, I disliked or even feared math. Then I met a great pattern drafting instructor who dispelled my fear and helped me to fall in love with numbers and formulas. Those of us who have worked on pattern drafting know how important it is to calculate correctly in order to create a well-balanced pattern that fits well on the body.

I’ll introduce you to a simple geometry formula that can help you easily create eight different skirts. Each is constructed from pattern pieces shaped like part of a circle. To draft the patterns, you need to take two measurements: your waist circumference and the desired skirt length. Because there are only six steps to create the pattern, as you do this more, you may find that it is easier to draw cutting lines on the fabric rather than drafting a pattern.

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