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shortening a “cloud” skirt wedding gown

alotofstitches | Posted in General Discussion on

I hope someone out there has shortened a gown with that “cloud” skirt–the fabric of the skirt is tacked in places all over to produce a poufy/scrunched look. This skirt has a 10-12 inch long lace over satin flounce attached below the poufy skirt. My first thought was to shorten the flounce but now that I’ve gotten into it I realize the flounce needs to stay the same length around the entire hemline thus the shortening needs to be done on the poufy part of the skirt. Has anyone done this already? Let me hear from you sewing gals as I’m stumped here.

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  1. mainestitcher | | #1

    See if you can just shorten the base layer the poufs are attached to.

    The first time I was shown one of these, my friend said "it is just 4 inches too long all around." When we turned it inside out, we could see the attachment points on the inside. We were able to pin two horizontal pleats in the under layer she could stitch without hitting any thing. Each pleat took up a total of two inches. Then you can shorten the actual lining as you would ordinarily.

    1. alotofstitches | | #3

      thanks for your help! the tucks are a good idea but 6 inches is a lot for tucks. I decided to separate the flounce (had to do that anyway for another Problem) from the poufy and intend to shorten the poufy skirt and reattach the flounce. thanks for the help.

  2. stillsuesew | | #2

    These can be miserable to deal with. You are probably going to have to separate the flounce from the poufy part, shorten the poufy part and reattach the flounce. The poufs come from attaching it to a supporting lining piece, so all of that has to be shortened. There may be one lining piece that hangs freely from everything else that could be shortened at the bottom.

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