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From: Selene
Date: 03-15-2005, 08:01 AM (1 of 2)
Hello. Does anybody know how to draft a tiered skirt? The kind that is "ruffled" in each tier, I think the style could be called something like a broomstick skirt. Something like Simplicity 5752, but longer and many more tiers...
Also, when adding a ruffle to the hem of a skirt, which is the best way to draft this, as a donut or a rectangular band?
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From: paroper
Date: 03-15-2005, 11:06 AM (2 of 2)
As for the type of ruffle, the donut makes a soft ruffle because of the bias in the ruffle. It can be an extended donut where there is gathering at the top or it can be a circle whose inside measurment if the size of the bottom of the skirt. The later ruffle more or less just flares from the bottom and "floats". The retangle ruffle is usually 2 1/2-3 times the width depending on how full you want the ruffle. It can either be inserted into the seam or have the top of the ruffle finished (hemmed or serged) and applied to the top of the seam (or even to the top of a solid piece) so that the stop extends away from the skirt. If you are doing layers of these, the top extension serves to make the next layer stand away from the skirt. If you are doing a tiered skirt, you just determine how many layers or tiers you want and how deep you wish the ruffles. Then each layer is 2 1/2-3 times the width of the one above. In the case of a broomstick skirt, the layers are just applied to the previous layer rather than being sewn into/onto a smaller flat piece. Often the layers get deeper as they go down...that is a style decision. Remember that in design, things that are in odd numbers are more interesting to the eye than even. Three layers are more interesting than 2 or 4; five more than 4 or 6.

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