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Subject: THere was a post a few months ago asking about the new Gavin 3 panels. I got a look at one at a feis this weekend on the used dress rack.

dressmaker wannabe in Ohio
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Date Posted: Tuesday, November 04, 07:11:34am

There is no frame or ruffled underskirt underneath. The panels are not pleated like the old 3 panel dresses. Each of the three front panel sections is a separate panel and the two parts that look like the inside fold of the pleat (what we used to call the "flash lining") are also just separate stiffened panels. So there are really just 5 flaps attached at the waist, with the larger panel flaps overlapping the two smaller flaps. The overlaps are sewn down about 2-3 inches. All 5 flaps are so rigid yet lightweight, I swear they are using a stiff plastic (like you make quilting templates from) instead of pellon or Vilene. The back of the skirt is made like a traditional school dress skirt with 4 pleated sections. The front and back are joined by topstitching the edge of the side front panel to the skirt back.

My DD claims this pattern would be super easy to dance in.

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There is a picture of a similar type skirt on the Doire facebook page from the Australian Nationals (black velvet with white & blue embroider and blue flashes). The action shots show how the panels move-- not unlike the gladiator skirts from past years just with different shaped panels. (NT)LynnToledoTuesday, November 04, 07:54:52am

those are great pics...Doire's still has a side pleat... (NT)bgWednesday, November 05, 08:09:33am

I thought there was a rule that the skirt front had to be a continus piece. I assume there were a few problems with gaps when the old gladiator skirts were in fashion. (NT).Monday, November 17, 07:26:32pm

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