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Prom Dress Help Needed

etkvamme | Posted in Fashion & Design on


I am making my daughters senior prom dress.  Still plenty of time, not needed til late May.  The skirt will be similar to what is shown in the attachments and I am not totally certain how these garments achieve all that volume.  Is it just due to the pleats and drape of the fabric?  Is there a mesh underneath that accommodates the slit? Is there such a thing as a petticoat that accommodates a slit?? (Doubt it)

Help appreciated!



  1. Taunton_Web | | #1

    To get this look, I think you'll want to use a fabric that has a lot of structure to it, like taffeta, and you'll need ALOT of fabric to create the pleats that help to give it body. This pattern may help you? https://www.johnlewis.com/vogue-women's-skirts-sewing-pattern-8980/p1511771?sku=233708092&size=6-14&

    It doesn't look to me like there's anything underneath giving it more oomph, I believe it's just how its sewn, but I'll ask Carol, out technical editor if she has any ideas when she gets a minute!

    Back with reinforcements,
    Christine, Threads Digital Content Manager

  2. ThreadsMagazineWeb | | #2

    From Carol, our Technical Editor:

    Those do look like very deep pleats, so probably volume overall, plus it appears to be something pretty stiff (heavy peau de soie or duchesse satin, or maybe taffeta or faille, all of which have a lot of body). And the skirt is very likely underlined with another fabric to support it—organza or even some sort of stiffer material like crinoline.

    When you have a very stiff fabric, sometimes the grain on which the skirt is cut influences how it drapes, too, and that can make the pleats really stand out.

    Oh, and it’s possible that there’s an understructure from the waist to maybe just above the slit, made of gathered or pleated layers of really stiff netting. This would be sandwiched between the outer layer and the lining, so you wouldn’t be scratched by it, but it would hold the skirt out.

    Hope that helps! : )

  3. etkvamme | | #3

    Thanks so much for your thoughts. Very helpful!

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