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Crinkled fabric – before/after assembly?

myca99 | Posted in Fabric and Trim on


I just got a really great batiste paisley that I can’t wait to make a summer skirt out of. I want the skirt to be crinkly and tiered with gathers. Which looks best — press the fabric and assemble the skirt normally then crinkle it after it is sewn, or should I crinkle it before I cut out the pieces.



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    blondie2sew | | #1

    What a great Question Myca!!I just wanted to let you know I can't wait for an answer with you.I am sorry I can't be of help but that is a really great question like the chicken and the egg..ha ha I am hoping you will soon get some great ideas..I will be waiting tooSounds like a wonderful skirt are you using a particular pattern or one you have designed yourself?Blondie

  2. Cherrypops | | #2


    I know this as being a "Broomstick Skirt".

    I would make the teired and gathered skirt ,first and then follow instructions for crinkling and keeping it crinkled.

    You may already know how to crinkle but for those who don't:

     type 'broomstick skirt' in the search bar at http://www.ericas.com  To view more b/stick skirts do an image search on google.

    Have fun making your skirt and please post a photo when finished, so we can all make great comments.

    :) Cp



  3. Teaf5 | | #3

    I agree with cherrypops that you should make the skirt and then crinkle it. Just make sure to make it bigger than a smooth skirt, as the crinkling can take up quite a bit of width, and it will look funny if your body stretches it out in certain areas.One of my favorite crinkle skirts (purchase for $3, cheaper than I could make it) is actually about 5 or 6 inches wider than my hips when flattened; the crinkling makes it hug neatly and flow nicely below.

    1. Cherrypops | | #4

      Thanks for the extra advice, it makes perfect sense.


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