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Loved the ‘Godets’ article

Michelle | Posted in General Discussion on

‘Threads’ magazine tends to arrive here somewhat later than the rest of subscribers – (not that I’m complaining, after all, Jerusalem is quite a long way away 😉 ) But that doesn’t detract from the enthusiasm with which it is received.   Each article is studied over and over and discussed (yes, there is a little group of us that pour over your magazine committing everything to memory and mourning  the fact that many of the notions available in the U.S. are completely unavailable here 🙁   )

But that isn’t the reason why I’m writing – We really loved the ‘Godets’ article especially the skirt shown on page 69.  What fabric was used for that particular skirt?

I’m having some difficulty understanding picture no.4 on page 68 – I’m not entirely sure as to what I am looking  at . Is this the wrong side of the fabric with the godet piece pinned behind it?  Does one then turn the fabric over with godet on top and sew?  I hope that I’m not sounding too dense, but I’m very eager to master this method.

Best regards,



  1. jensauer | | #1

    Hi Shelly.

    I'm so pleased that you enjoyed "Skirt Godets Make Sleek Hemlines Swing" in issue 111. The short, full skirt on pp. 69 is amazing, isn't it? Sandy Scrivano created it out of silk dupioni.

    The photo in step #4 on pp. 68 is the same view as shown in step #3: the wrong side of the skirt is facing up. The reinforcement square is folded out of the way, and the right side of the godet is pinned to the right side of the skirt (the godet is the pinked edge you see peeking out from the slit). I hope that helps. Please let me know if you need any more information.


    Jennifer Sauer
    Associate Editor
    Threads Magazine

    1. Michelle | | #2

      Thanks so, so much for your help - I'm really looking forward to giving this a try.

      I truly feel fortunate that in spite of the fact that I'm (physically) located so far away that we're able to communicate with such ease.

      Thank you for all your inspiration -

      Regards from Jerusalem,


    2. Michelle | | #3

      Another question relating to the short skirt on page 69.....

      Was the 'body' of the skirt underlined? If so, what fabric was was used for this purpose?



      1. jensauer | | #4

        Hi Shelly.

        No, Sandy didn't underline the dupioni skirt. The fabric itself created that wonderful shape and body.


        Jennifer SauerAssociate EditorThreads Magazine

        1. SewNancy | | #5

          Another question on the godet.  The article mentions finishing the godet by pinking which makes sense as it is on bias, but what about the skirt finish? Won't it ravel excessively?


          1. sandyscrivano | | #6

            Hi Shelly and Nancy,

            Glad you enjoyed and can use the article on godets. If you watched the academy awards or have been shopping in any department stores lately you will have noticed all the garments incorporating godets, yum! To Nancy, I've not had problems with a pinked finish on the skirt as well as the godet. To Shelly, underlining is too heavy for this type of a garment. To get to "poof" on the sexy evening skirt choose a thin, crisp silk like duppioni, taffeta or a very lightweight ottoman. Natural fiber like silk is great to work with and will give you a superior result. Synthetic fibers will fight you all the way and is like wearing a plastic bag-no so good if you want to look dewy fresh while you're dancing. I like to incorporate a lining to the low hip area into the garment for a sleek look that doesn't interfere with the flippy hemline. I'm very fond of bemberg rayon for this or a soft lightweight silk. Since this type of garment has a fun party feel how about a wild print-wow! Have fun!

            Ciao, Sandy Scrivano, author

          2. KarenW | | #7

            When Diane Keaton got up to accept her Golden Globe award the first thing I noticed were the godets in her skirt!

            Though I haven't done them in skirts yet, I had the -?- opportunity - to have to do some adjustments to costumes for my daughter's music group for girls who had curves but the costume tops were cut to go in a "v" shape - I accomodated the curves using godets in the sides and they fit beautifully.  I was delighted to find I'd basically done just as was described in the article.

            There are so many cute patterns out now that use godets in the skirt if one's not inclined to draft them themselves.  One of the looks I like is using a very dissimilar fabric for the godet... i.e. on one I've done a skirt that's beige corduroy w/black velvet floral pattern on it and sheer black chiffon for the godets.... or using a chiffon/georgette in the same tone as the skirt body, or a lace inset godet.  Great way to add subtle or very contrasting detail!Karen

          3. SewNancy | | #8

            Thanks for the lining suggestion.  Last months Burda magazine had a pattern for a a skirt with a 1/4 circle godet taped on to the pattern on one side so that onlly one side had to be sewn, which looked interesting.


          4. Sashita | | #9

            This is my first time.  I love the godets and the wonderful 'swish' they add.  However, I don't think that I should make a skirt like that for myself as my legs are not my best feature.  If I were to do it, at what length do you think I should make it?  I am not thinking formal wear here but a 'street length' skirt to wear with a dressy top.  I would love to hear your opinion.   Thanks,  Sasha

          5. sandyscrivano | | #10

            Even though the question wasn't addressed to me I'd like to comment on the skirt length. I wear all lengths but especially love doing a skirt that just covers my short boots. It's very comfortable and sleek looking at the same time. I have several made of lamb suede and have stenciled the godets or the skirt itself near the hem. Very Saks 5th Ave!

          6. Sashita | | #11

            Sandy, Your skirts sound just gorgeous.  I don't think I would have thought of using suede!  Thanks for responding. Sasha

          7. SewNancy | | #12

            I agree with Sandy, a length to cover top of my short boots is really fun.  It is also warm in winter!  Just above the ankles, maybe 4" or so usually hits at a very flattering point on the legs.   I also find that just below the knee is good especially with opaque tights, they hide a multitude of sins.


          8. Sashita | | #13

            Well, warm is what I don't need.  I live in Phoenix and our winters are very cozy!  We had our first 90 degree day yesterday so, I don't think the boots and the tights would work for me.  But thanks bunches for responding.  Sasha

          9. Susannah | | #14

            Loved the 'Godets' article - me too!!

            My daughter wanted a short skirt for a special day at school.  The specifications she gave me were that it had to be short, full at the bottom, NOT gathered at the waist, and with an underlayer of tulle that showed underneath.  As the specifications were given with two days notice, (and I work full time) I didn't have a lot of time.  But there it was, in Threads, to inspire me.  I drafted some godets to go in at intervals around the front and back of a standard straight skirt pattern, which I shortened, and it worked wonderfully.  I used a cheap synthetic that has the feel of a silk duponi, and it was a great success.  I achieved the tulle underlay look by making a shortened lining, and gathering a 6inch depth of tulle to it, so it is exposed about 2 inches below the hem.

            Inspired by the success (and after discovering how relatively easy it was) I will use the technique again, for a longer skirt for me (in something a bit drapey, rather than "flippy" like the duponi)

            Thank you, Threads!

            Sue from Tasmania

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