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Straight skirt question

Ritzy | Posted in Fitting on

I am trying to figure out if  putting a slit in the back seam of a straight skirt would give  the same amount of “walking” ease as slits on both side seams. The skirt has a finished measurement of 42″ at the knee and is 37″ long. I just don’t really care to see those side slits flopping around.

Thanks in advance.




  1. solosmocker | | #1

    I have never been a fan of slits on both sides of a skirt. One is OK, but two, not my cup of tea. Kind of reminds me of a ripped pillow case. Personally, my favorite type of walking ease is from a front center split. You get the continuous long line in the back, great for the "rear" view and comfort and ease of walking from the front. I think it is flattering and far less likely to rip further up the road. Because you are not sitting with a spread rear (pardon!) on the slit, it is far less likely to rip. Of course you only split up a decent amount. Don't want to be stopping traffic, do we?

    1. Ritzy | | #2

      The reason for the slit in the back is because I am contemplating adding a seam at the center back to account for a possble adjustment to the centerback waist. It has an elastic back, which I am not really fond of either, but it will give the skirt a more casual appearance which is what I want with the particular fabric being used.

  2. stitchintime | | #3

    I think that 2 side slits gives you more walking ease than 1 back slit of the same height, therefore the back slit would have to be cut higher to give you the same walking ease.

    If you're not interested in showing so much skin, you may want to consider putting a kick pleat in the vent in the back.

    Or make the seam allowances where the vent starts 1 1/2" -2" wide and sew them together at their edges. Then press the 2 sewn-together seam allowances to one side and sew a short diagonal line at the top of the vent (on the outside of the skirt) from the centre seam to where the seam allowances end to keep them from flapping around.

    1. MaryinColorado | | #4

      This sounds more feasable to me.  Just my two cents worth!  Mary

    2. Ritzy | | #5

      Thank you for your suggestion. Makes sense.

  3. Teaf5 | | #6

    A 37" long straight skirt needs a LOT of walking ease, and having just a center back slit means that your forward leg will be dragging most of the skirt forward with every step unless you take little mincing steps. An inverted center front pleat would give you modesty, a nice line, but also room to move.

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