Lengthen a four gored skirt?

by Shanna on December 6, 2012 · 6 comments

in Vintage Sewing

I cut my fabric for my dress. I don’t know what I was thinking but Instead of lengthening with the pattern I made it too short. I have some fabric left over so I’m wondering what would be the best way now to add some length so my bum doesn’t hang out.

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Stephanie December 6, 2012 at 11:53 am

You could add a ruffle or a flat band of fabric around the bottom to add length. Since you have leftover fabric, you could do it in self fabric or choose a contrasting color.


Shanna December 6, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Yeah I was thinking another color, its a shirtwaist dress so it would look odd with a ruffle


Tricia December 6, 2012 at 2:32 pm

You could insert an inset waist a la Colette Patterns Ceylon dress.



Gemma December 6, 2012 at 2:33 pm

This backgammon bottom might look OK?


PepperReed December 7, 2012 at 1:31 pm

You could also add a yoke to the upper part if the top isn’t already too narrow.


Becky Culbertson December 7, 2012 at 1:45 pm

A contrasting band would be a nice touch. Just remember that the band has to follow the same curve as the gores; you can’t cut a straight band and add it, so it will take a bit of fabric to do this.


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