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    I have bought a skirt pattern with panels.
    I would like to make it a little bit more flared towards the hem - does anybody know how to adjust the pattern for that?
    Also, the skirt will be made from light fabric, so you can see the seams from the outside - does anybody know what type of seam I could use for that?

  • #2
    Been there and done it.
    Find some paper that you can see through. Tracing paper - or I use white greaseproof paper (tough and cheap).
    Lay the original pattern out. Put the tracing paper on top. trace the original pattern. Now just draw where you'd like the extra flaring. Use this as your pattern pieces.

    You can be lazy and just seloptape the extra bits onto the original pattern.
    Don't be frightened to guess. You probably won't be wrong but if you are you will have created something and will have learned in the process.

    The seams. I did French seams. That ends up with the raw edges trapped and they just look like a dark line (quite a pretty effect). Other ways I've seen done is to bind them with bias binding but if the fabric is sheer I find it tends to rip off.


    • #3
      Totally agree with Annie.

      I just want to add: if you are unsure and not confident with drawing out the pattern, try making it up in a cheap calico or muslin (or even old sheets or curtains) to check for size and the curve of the flare. Remember if it's got, say, 8 panels, and you're adding to both sides of each of them, that's 16 extra little bits being added. So an inch on both sides of each panel will add 16" to the skirt. And so on.
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      • #4
        Tracing a commercial pattern is great for teaching you garment shapes. If you make it a habit you'll realise there's a couple of basic shapes per item and all designers are doing is adding a bit here, taking a bit off there. That's for smooth stuff.

        The other way of getting a pattern is to drape a dummy, or victim , in fabric and pin, pleat and chop until you have the look. Then you take the fabric off, work out how to lay it flat and trace off your paper pattern.

        And no-one says you can't mix the two methods...which is what Wendy is suggesting...and I'd say do it if you are scared or using really expensive fabric.

        I really recommend doing a cheapo tacked and tweaked version if you fancy really well fitting clothes. I think we've forgotten how beautiful we could look if our clothes fitted properly..... with all this made in China off the peg stuff.


        • #5
          well when you have traced your pattern onto tracing paper flare the bottom left and right corner of each piece ,make each flare as big or as small as you like just keep them all the same. I f you can see the seam then a french seam is best,or princees seam ,overlock the edges and top stitch,but i think french would be best.
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          • #6
            Thanks for all your replies - I will certainly try to follow this up - with inexpensive material - does any of you know a good pattern cutting book or tips which I could find on the net?
            I ahd a look at some, but they are really difficult to understand!


            • #7
              There's a series my daughter in law has just finished collecting and she thinks they are brill.
              I seem to have picked up the first one called Metric Pattern Cutting by Winifred Aldrich ISBN 07135 13292 for 50p from somewhere......and it is clear and simple to follow.
              She's got
              Metric Pattern Cutting for Women
              Metric Pattern Cutting for Men
              Metric Pattern Cutting for Children
              and if you search for metric pattern cutting they all come up on Google. The bad news is they are £24 each but obviously they are around in second hand bookshops for a lot less


              • #8
                Hi lore!
                It also depends on where you would like the flare to start from - from the waist or from a point further down?


                • #9
                  It should start from about knee level!


                  • #10
                    Hi there!
                    have a look at my blog - I have described it there!

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                    • #11
                      Hi there!
                      I had a look at your blog -and got the answer to my question!
                      Many thanks!