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Why does skirt move up, up, up?

cloetzu | Posted in Fitting on

I have a skirt that fits pretty well (needs to be a bit shorter but i’m to busy to fix it and it only needs an inch so not too worried about it)…  not too loose and not tight – I’d say a very good fit.  Made of light weight cotton – almost like a light batiste with a similiar weight cotton lining.  Now here is the probem, when I wear the skirt I notice that throuhgout the day it rises up… it starts at my waste and ends up under my bust line.  What’s up with that?  why is it doing that? what fitting problems does it have that i’m not ‘noticing’?


  1. user-51823 | | #1

    what is the style? it may fit well when you're standing still, but it obviously has some sort of fitting problem. i'm at a loss, but if you give more info about the style you may get good advice

  2. jatman | | #2

    I've had a skirt or two that has done that and what I've determined is that the lining (usually it was a cotton lining) sort of stuck to my hose or underwear.  In other words, the lining wasn't slinky enough and made the skirt rise when I walked and sat down so that I had to keep pulling it down.


  3. cloetzu | | #3

    Thanks for the input so far!

    The skirt is a slight A line - meaning it's between a straight pencil/straight type and A line - not a true A line.  it has side seams and the zipper is in center back.  Fits great when I first put it on then about 10 min after I put it on it rides up a little making the top of the waist line loose and float around my middle but still good on hips.  As time goes on it keep rising until it can't go any higher...

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      Becky-book | | #4

      My guess is it is just a tad tight and the cotton 'sticking' issues mentioned already are working together against gravity. Try wearing it once with a 'slippery' slip to see it that makes any difference.  If it does behave, then think about changing the lining material.


      1. cloetzu | | #5

        thanks - I'll try the slippery slip ;)

    2. Teaf5 | | #6

      I agree with Beckybook that the skirt needs more "wearing ease" and possibly a slippery lining or slip.  As you sit down or walk, your hips, bottom, and thighs need quite a bit of more fabric than they do while you are standing still.  Using a tape measure, you can test this for yourself. 

      For example, from my center back waist to my knee is 21" while standing; as soon as I sit, I need 30" to cover that same span.  To cover that extra 9", the skirt will hike up 9" unless there's enough horizontal ease (even on a straight skirt, that would be at least 4" at the hips) to allow my body to move within the skirt.  The skirt is basically going up to the point where the circumference has the right wearing ease.  If you mark your hip point on the skirt at that point and measure the skirt at that point, you'll find out how much wearing ease you'll need at the hip of any skirt.

      Those of us used to knits and sweats forget that woven fabrics have no built-in stretch; that's why design details like flares, godets, pleats, and gathers make woven fabric skirts more wearable.

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