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Subject: How to get the flare of an irish dress skirt correct

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Date Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 06:15:14pm

Hi everyone,
Need some urgent help - PLEEEEASE. I have a dressmaker doing our first solo dress for my daughter, and while she is multi talented with ballet, ballroom, formalwear, pageant costumes etc etc making, she has not done an irish dress before. Of course the question came to me about the skirt, and my newbie answer was 'i don't know'. LOL. So, could anyone tell me does the skirt start to flare out at the waistline, the hip bone, or the hip itself. And also does the skirt have to come out at a particular angle ie 45 degrees or anything. Didn't know if there were certain rules about the angle they come out at, or whether it was up to you.
Thanks so much all.

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My question to you is why didn't you have an Irish Dance dressmaker make your dress? You go to someone else and then come here expecting experienced ID dressmakers to teach your dressmaker how to make the dresses? It takes lots of trial and error to get the skirt right. (NT)Good luck.Thursday, March 21, 12:15:44am

To answer your question, there is no 'magic number" as to the shape and angle of the skirt; it all depends of the style of the skirt and the look you are going for, and it is figured out through trial and error for those who are new to dressmaking.SNDMThursday, March 21, 05:41:50am

I think the most helpful thing for your dressmaker would be to look at another ID dress (that you like the skirt and angle) and use it as an example. (NT)or try a paper pattern for the angle..Thursday, March 21, 07:35:17am

You might want to check out Dance.net. There is a whole string on the "Evolution of a Solo Dress" with great pictures and how-to's. (Link inside)LynnToledoThursday, March 21, 10:45:37am

Thanks to everyone for your answerscThursday, March 21, 08:56:06pm

Cindy please ask your questions here. That is what this site is for. Why someone has a question is irrelevant. Maybe there are no ID dressmakers near her and this person is willing to start this journey with her and her daughter. In the link mentioned above there is a picture of the underpanel for the skirt. Understand how that works and your dressmaker will be well on her way. Good luck (NT)LynnOHThursday, March 21, 11:17:32pm

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