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Skirt fitting

sandybyf | Posted in General Discussion on

This is my first time to enter a forum, so please be gentle!

I need help making a skirt to fit a client. The back of the sloper fits at her waistline, but the front rises about 4″ above her “waist”. Any suggestions?




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    Becky-book | | #1

    We are mostly a gentle folk here, welcome!

    There is a lot of wisdom to be found by using the ADVANCED SEARCH capabilities of this board; the trick is to use several relevant words and see what you get!

    But a quick answer to your situation...tie elastic around waist, adjust hem to be even, mark new waist in front at elastic, cut off what ever she doesn't need there.

    Hope this helps,


  2. NovaSkills | | #2

    You'll have to accommodate the fact that her waist is not an oval that's parallel to the floor, but rather slants upward in front--likely a full tummy. Mine does too, slightly. Common in us no longer 20 years old folk.

    My suggestion is to consider two primary alterations: first, use a size or two larger front waist/lower bodice & upper hip pattern areas than is needed for the customer's back. This will put more fabric around the girth of this area. Once you have enough girth in these areas, and have leveled the grainline, fine-tune the waist.

    Next, do as other responder suggests and use the snug elastic piece to see exactly what the slant is. Add to center front as needed, tapering to normal back waist at whatever point the slant requires, which may or may not be the side seam.

    There are many resources that illustrate this kind of alteration, from prior Threads articles and discussions, so you can get more help there.

    1. sandybyf | | #3

      Thanks for the help!I think this is basically how I'm trying to fix the problem.

      She wants a little elastic in the waistline, anyway.


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