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Subject: Trying to figure out the BNDM skirt construction.

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Date Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 08:16:43am

Currently my skirt construction works fine for me and any of the small dresses I make. It has a definite side seam placed at the side that lines up with the side seam of the bodice. While it's working fine for the "no bum" little dancers, I'm finding it just sits too flat at the back for anyone aged 12/13 and up. There's just not enough swing/flow.

I'm trying to figure out the construction of the BNDM skirts that have their seams hidden about an inch in front of the actual side seam of the bodice. Has anyone figured out a formula they may be willing to share? Something like: Divide the dropped waist by 2, subtract 2 inches from the front panel and perhaps add 4 inches to the back panel. I can see it under the skirt no problem, just having a tough time getting it right.

Any help appreciated, if anyone is willing to share.

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Mary Horton sells a pattern. Email her at (see email addy) (NT)BJTuesday, January 28, 05:43:52pm

I cut each skirt to fit the individual measurements. After a while you just get a feel for what will look right. I don't have a formula, but the front skirt is always less than half the total, much less on larger dancers. (NT)Sorry no formula for everyoneWednesday, January 29, 03:11:12pm

I divide the waist measurement by 4 and then subtract 1" and make the skirt front pattern to that measurement and cut on the fold. I use the same pattern but add 3" to the centre back: 1" for the seam & 2"to make up for the inch taken off. This moves the side seam 1"to the back and makes the back 4"wider than the front. (NT)Similar to BNSaturday, February 01, 08:35:42pm

I have always used the point of the hip bone as the marker for where the pleat should fall - measure from the side-seam to the point of hip and that's how much less off the front/more to the back you could go. I've found it tends to allow the front panel to lie flat on most body types. (NT)former SNDMTuesday, February 04, 10:09:06am

Pls break the code bndm & sndm? (NT)MarySunday, April 20, 01:23:58am

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