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My skirt needs personality!

markenmac2 | Posted in General Discussion on

I have made a skirt that is cut on the bias and although it fits well, it just doesn’t have the “volume” that I want (I know that is the nature of the bias).  It needs to have more “presence”.  I have seen some skirts with sort of abstract pieces of fabric tucked and gathered and tacked on to skirts and thought I would google that idea but I don’t know what it’s called.

Does anyone out there know a designer who does this or where I might look?  I tried smocking and origami and came up with nothing that appealed to me or looked current.

I have thought about doing some flounces or ruffles but that seems kind of predictable.

Thanks for your ideas,

Markenmac

 

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    ThreadKoe | | #1

    Try godets, or embellished fabrics, beaded fabrics for starters. YouTube fashion designers might have something to spark your ideas as well. Hope that gives you somewhere to start. Cathy

    1. markenmac2 | | #2

      Thanks...the godet idea seems promising.  I'll check out YouTube...perhaps a Japanese designer.

      Markenmac

  2. starzoe | | #3

    I have seen skirts that have flounces sewn on vertically. If I were to make the flounces, I would cut a strip in a spiral or acute curve, finish the edges and sew it down the centre of the strip, vertically. Most likely you would need four, maybe five, depending on the skirt.

    1. markenmac2 | | #4

      That's a great idea...I've been looking at past issues of Threads and actually found something similar.

      Thanks!

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        ThreadKoe | | #5

        The summer issue of Threads shows a skirt with rows of ruffles on it in chiffon. It would give you the method, but you do not have to put them on straight across. Cathy

  3. Malindi | | #6

    Have a look at Sandra Betzina's designs in Vogue patterns (Today'Fit section) or visit her website http://www.sandrabetzina.com. She has some imaginative draping on skirts which might inspire you.

    1. markenmac2 | | #7

      I believe that did the trick! THANKS!

      Markenmac

  4. MaryinColorado | | #8

    You might also conside couching some interesting yarns or threads or beads onto it.  Mary  Were you thinking of "embellishment"?  Not sure if you wanted to give the skirt more pizazz or just make it fuller? 

    Edited 9/22/2008 10:02 am by MaryinColorado

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