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From: MaryW
Date: 08-08-2004, 12:04 PM (1 of 3)
Please post here if you can help, thanks.

on average, how much fabric would be required to make a fullsize bedskirt--(54x75)-i would like it to have some fullness-thank you michelle
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From: paroper
Date: 08-08-2004, 07:33 PM (2 of 3)
I can't exactly tell you how much but I can tell you how to figure it. A full bedskirt can run anywhere from 2 1/2 (slightly full) to 3 (very full) times the width of the sides/end. The fullness is up to you. If you happen to choose a heavy fabric (like denium for instance, you would use 2 1/2). You can connect the corners, you can gather the corners, you can put a pleat in the corner, or you can finish the edge at each corner which makes it easy if you have a 4 poster or a foot board that is up to you. The length of your bedskirt is (usually) the distance from the edge of your bed to the floor plus 4 inches for hem and 5/8 inches for seam allowance. When you hem your skirt, you will fold up 2 inches twice. to get a nice hem that will hang straight. To gather your skirt you can use a machine ruffler. If you use that method, you really need to work with it to get the ruffle set to ruffle the precise 2 1/2 times or 3 times or (in-between) you planned...but this is a very easy way and it makes a nice neat little pleated top for your skirt. The alternative is to gather it by hand. One of the seamstress on this forum uses dental floss, I like fishing line, some people use crochet thread for this. You just do a zig zag over the line (what ever you use) and then adjust your gathers according to your allocated distance. This is easy and it doesn't tend to break like gathering on basting (which almost always tends to break near the end of your gathering and drive you nuts). As far as the way you cut your skirt, you can cut lengthwise or widthwise. Be sure that you always cut your pattern so that it can be going the same direction when it is sewn together. Even if there is not a pattern, it is good to keep the grain the same so that if it should shrink in the wash it will shrink the same.

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From: mmdavis
Date: 08-08-2004, 11:28 PM (3 of 3)
thanks pam--that helps me get going in the right direction!
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