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Date Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 09:22:06pm

I'm helping a teen see her first solo dress, just advising her a bit. I haven't made a dress since four-panels so soft skirts are not in my experience. She wants a single layer soft skirt (skater skirt?). From what I've seen in my research, we're layering a skirt over a stiffened framework. I'm having her do a skirt by gathering basically a 12 inch ruffle to a yoke.

She is 15 and about 5.4, average build.

How many yards of fabric should she have for her skirt? Estimates?

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That should be "sew", not see (NT)Oh dearWednesday, January 23, 09:22:50pm

I ususally draw out my pattern/template and then take the bottom edge measurement and multiply by 1.5 to get the length for a gathered skirt. The back pieces are usually about one length of fabric (45") and the front piece is 1 length plus a partial. Right there you have 4 lengths of 12" (1 1/3 yards). That's for one layer and you can adjust if you are doing under layers or lining, etc (NT)ATThursday, January 24, 08:45:32am

Make sure you sample the gathers befor you cut the fancy skirt fabric. You may want more or less fullness. (NT)Good luckThursday, January 24, 09:32:17pm

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