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Date Posted: Monday, July 15, 04:37:51pm
In reply to: sndm 's message, "the dreaded dress stiffening" on Monday, July 15, 03:10:01pm

First, how many layers of stiffener are you using on your back panels? I (and one BNDM) use only one layer on the back; you want it flexible so it can bend around the body and allow the front to raise up.

Another possibility is that the base width (along the bottom edge) of the skirt may be too narrow, and thus there is not enough of a circumference to open up sufficiently when the dancer lifts. A wider angle for the side edge of the pleats will help this, as well as making sure the back panels are constructed longer, and wrap around the hips, before flaring out to meet the fold of the side pleats. Think about it as if the dancer's hands/arms are not able to touch the skirt when they are down at the sides. This insures that there is a lot of "give room" built in to the skirt.

I usually offset the pleat edge of the front skirt panel to just outside the point of the hip, especially for girls with a rounder abdomen.

As the poster above suggested, cutting the extra stiffener out at the waist seam helps a lot with the function as well, especially with today's drop waist construction.

OF course, this is only what I do, there are probably other ways. Good luck working out this problem!

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