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clairezbo | Posted in General Discussion on

I have found a pattern , just the one i was looking for, for a skirt, but the waist is 1″ below the natural waist. can I alter the pattern by just adding back that 1″?????

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  1. Sew Lady | | #1

    Hello, Clairezbo! About your skirt: have you considered adding the necessary inch plus seam allowances and making darts in the added fabric to ease out the fullness? Another suggestion would be to put in waistband elastic into the addition. The elastic is called XL90 and Hancock sells it. It gives you a wonderful waistband with "give". Let us know how your project comes out!

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      clairezbo | | #4

      the skirt doesnt have a waist band. so I was just planning on adding the 1". but subtracting the 3/8" seam allowance that they allowed. It is very fitted around the top, and flares at the knee. It is a 4 gore skirt. I am doing a muslin now, so If it doesnt work, I will let you know.

  2. fabricholic | | #2

    I don't see why you can't add 1" to the top. Obviously, the waist was meant to fit 1" below, so that will fit, provided you flat measure your pattern and have the necessary seam allowances. All you have to do is add 1" that will fit where it hits you on the waist, plus seam allowances. Good luck. By the way, was pattern is it?Marcy

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      clairezbo | | #3

      See how one thing leads to another???? LOL, the pattern is a simplicity 4146. I saw a skirt in the store made out of silk, and they had serged,with a rolled hem, the seams , and put the seams on the right side so they showed. This pattern has two seams down the front and back, I would guess that I should subtract the 3/8 seam allowance before adding the 1"????

      1. fabricholic | | #5

        Yes, but you would have to add it back at the top, wouldn't you? I hope you take pictures and post close-ups of the seams. Sounds very cute.Marcy

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