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fitting a straight skirt for swayback

sew2mom | Posted in Fitting on

Hi everyone,I’m new here so I don’t know if this has been discussed before,i couldn’t find anything on this subject ,so here’s my question .I have a very deep swayback.I’m 5’10 (taller than my husband) and i need to know if I will have to make adjustments on a straight skirt with  back darts and just 2 in the front.Years ago some1 made me 2 straight skirts and they fit great but I’ve had kids so I’m sure it won’t be the same now.I would just like ideas on how others deal with this so I have an idea of what I’ll need to do.I do have curvy hips but a fairly flat derriere.

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  1. starzoe | | #1

    Try this: put on a straight skirt, or even a pair of pants that have not been altered to fit. Take a pinch of fabric about 3/4" in all in the centre of your swayback/flat derriere about four inches down from the waistline. If the hemline of the skirt moves up and the droop in the pants is removed you will know you need an alteration to your proposed straight skirt. If all the hemlines of your skirts dip down in the back, you need the alteration.A simple alteration is done by slashing the skirt back from centre back to hip and overlapping just the centre back to the amount you need. Be sure to slash horizontally to the straight of the goods and redraw your darts.

  2. sewchris703 | | #2

    Along with the advice you have been given, you also might have to shorten your zipper if it's a center back zipper or move it to the side seam. The bottom of a center back zipper tends to poke up on a sway back. I found shortening it (while still being able to get into the garment) solves this problem.Chris

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