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Subject: Other 4 Panel drafting

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Date Posted: 13:59:02 02/24/07 Sat
In reply to: 's message, "4 Panel & 5 Panel Dresses" on 19:59:54 01/19/07 Fri

The basics for drafting the pattern would be:
- take the front waist measurement from side seam to side seam, then subtract 2" (1" from each side so that the skirt sits forward of the side seam) this measurement will be the width of the skirt at the top, then add seam allow. above that
- divide top width by 4 for your four panels - the panels will meet at the top of the seam allow, but will be spaced just a bit at the actual seam line
-draw the side seam out a 45 degree angle and then shape the bottom curve of the skirt.
-divide bottom width into equal sections of panels and pleats and then draw panel lines up to top line.

After drawing this out you can then make pattern pieces for the individual panels and pleats adding the fold-back parts, seam allow, hem shape, etc.

The outside panels will actually be shorter than the 2 center ones, so you have to adjust your design size to fit.

All of the pleats on the front are regular pleats (not faux). They are about 1" at the top and 2.5" at the bottom. There is boning at the bottom of all of the pleats (the black parts on my dress), but not on panels (yellow parts). The yellow panels have 2 layers of stiffener in the center, but the part that folds back is only one layer. The black pleats are 2 layers. The front panels are stitched down about halfway (from the inside so it doesn't show) and the others are stitched down about 3-4". The space at the bottom between the panels is about 3", but I think I will do it a little smaller in the future ( 2 - 2.5")to make the side panels sit better (so the panels will actually be a little wider at the bottom and the pleat will show less). It is by no means the only way to make a 4 panel, but it worked for me - Alison T.

Additional clarification: On the panels, it is the "fold-back" part that is 1" at the top and 2.5" at the bottom. This skirt was a 29" waist and that amount worked - however, on a smaller waist you would probably need the fold-back smaller at the top so that none of them overlap.

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Date Posted: 20:32:57 03/12/07 Mon

1. Regular pleats inside, connected all the way down {29} 31.52%
2. Faux/flat pleats sewn all the way down {8} 8.70%
3. Loose "panels/petals" all the way down {11} 11.96%
4. Loose panels at the bottom w/faux pleats (car wash hem) {3} 3.26%
5. Loose panels at the bottom w/petticoat underneath (soft skirt) {2} 2.17%
6. I haven't sewn a 4/5 panel yet. {39} 42.39%

Total Votes: 92
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