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While watching "What Not to Wear", the stylists suggested in the summer
to wear a cotton skirt as opposed to capri pants.  The experts feel
capri pants "chop" your legs.  I thought I'd go with that thought and
went to Kohl's department store to try on skirts.  Kohl's had a
clearance rack and cotton skirts were $5.  Great deal!  I tried on
   A-line skirts and I looked like a triangle!  The skirts stuck out on
the sides.  I can understand a heavy twill sticking out, but the same
effect happened with lighter weight cottons.  I looked on the major
pattern company web sites and I'm thinking a bias cut skirt might have a
nicer appearance.  What is the opinion of you expert sewers?  What
fabric would you suggest?  I'm a substitute teacher in an elementary
school that is not air conditioned.  If history repeats itself, our
Pennsylvania weather will turn hot and humid before the end of the
school year.


Re: which skirt type
Well, in reference to the skirt shape, an A line is supposed to have
that shape, just not stiffly.   to make it not take that shape you can
make a gored skirt.   Or you could run a seam down the center front and
back as well as the side seams and make the straight grain go down the
middle of that, so that the front and back as well as the side seams
are bias and therefore softer, not as stiff.

Where in PA are you?   I'm in Somerset.  

Kitty in SW PA

Re: which skirt type
Personally, Suzanne, I think a bias skirt might be the right answer.  Why
not make a muslin and check it out?

Re: which skirt type
Suzanne McHenry wrote:
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Bias cuts can flatter almost any figure, but if made in a clingy fabric,
will stick to all your lumps and bumps!  Be careful of this if making
the skirt in a matte fabric like cotton.

Maybe a solution would be to make a skirt with a yoke at the hips and
hang a bias cut fuller handkerchief hem skirt from it.  Lots of airy
space for circulation!  :)

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Suzanne wrote:
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Keep in mind that if you did this in late March, those were likely
heavier fabrics than you'd want to wear for early summer temps. Winter

Also, boughten clothing is made from fabric that hasn't been prewashed,
which makes it lose that crisp edge and hang more softly. (In December
I modified my favorite "tree ornament" dress, and wearing it really
hurt because the gussets had sharp edges that wanted to shred my arms.)
It might be worth it to pick up a $5 skirt and wash the heck out of it,
with fabric softener, and see it that doesn't help. You might want to
get one size larger because $5 cotton will likely shrink.

My favorite skirts are flared, made from 4 triangles. Assuming the
print and nap allows it, you can cut one out of a length of fabric with
minimal waste, and even have enough for pockets. (You teaching
geometry? You might not even need a pattern.) I sometimes do a
waistband (couple inches of ease, with elastic in the back) and
sometimes an elastic waist.

Skirts are definitely more temperate than bifurcated garments (said the
two decades+ experienced contra dancer). At my favorite dance events,
*guys* show up in skirts, partly for this reason.

Strongly suggest looking into petticoats as well. Cotton and cotton
blends recommended. I doubt those are sold at Kohl's, but they are
incredibly easy to make.


--Karen D.

Re: which skirt type
On Thu, 23 Mar 2006 19:23:34 -0500, Suzanne McHenry

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If you're buying from Kohl's, it's a good bet that there is a lot of
filler added to the cotton. For $5 you could afford to take a skirt
home and wash it in extra warm water. That would remove the filler and
make the skirt less crisp. Then you could recheck the drape. It might
then behave.

Re: which skirt type
Seeker wrote:
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We just got one of those in our neck of the woods.  Are they a cheapie
department store, or a Sears or Penneys type, or a Macy's type?

Re: which skirt type
Kohl's is sort of between Sears and Penney.
The one that opened here last fall is neat,
clean, well stocked, and well organized. They
are very customer friendly with returns and
exchanges. Unfortunately they do not sell
yardage! NAYY.

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Pat in Virginia wrote:
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I shop in Kohl's with some frequency. That's about once every three or
four months. I'm not a big shopper. They carry a fairly good line in
plus sizes. The one thing I don't like is there 100% cotton Sonoma
Tee's. They stretch out of shape. They do have some nice cotton rib knit
sweaters in the fall. They are the only turtle necks I've ever been
comfortable in.My oldest daughter tells me that Kohl's Sonoma Petite
jeans are a good buy. We get jeans for DH there and some really nice
golf shirts.
Filenes is going to become Macy's before the end of the year. I just
hope they continue to carry the Bill Blass stretch jeans I like.They
have them in a color that's called stone and they come in short length.

OTRe: which skirt type
That is true, Pat, no fabrics in Kohl's, but I like the store-no mall, lots
of parking near the entrance and hours to fit most people.
I bought a set of sheets to make the youngest DGD some outfits, such
high-quality cotton and she didn't mind two outfits of the same color.  And
there is enough fabric to make one of the other DGD a shorts outfit, 3 nice
outfits for the  price of a set of double bed sheets, with scraps leftover
for doll clothes.

Re: which skirt type
Dear Suzanne,

Lots of good advice here.  My favorite summer skirt is the sarong cut
skirt, worn just below the knee.  For a teacher (I was, too, before
retiring), it's a graceful look, easy to make, and flatters almost
every figure.  Worn with a simple top and funky jewelry, you'll feel
like a million, and the kids will think you're elegant!


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Dear Teri,
Was this a pattern you made your self or was it a comercial pattern. I
keep hoping I can find a skirt I like. I just feel that most skirts are
too much material or too dowdy . I'm not very tall, 5'5", short waisted
and well endowed and always feel that I'm all "pushed together" in
skirts and dresses. I loke pants because they give my body a nice long
line. Longer skirts make me look short and fat and I'm a bit old for
short skirts.

Re: which skirt type
Der Juno,

It's one I made myself, but I have seen RTW, and patterns, too.  I'm
VERY short--under five feet.  I'm also old, but I still have good legs,
if nothing else.  It's an easy draft, if you'd like instructions.


Re: which skirt type
snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com wrote:
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I would really appreciate it. Do you suggest any particular fabrics.
My legs aren't bad but when I look in the mirror with pants and tops I
see a really nice 1/3 - 2/3  look whether I use a long or short top. I
have a harded time finding that look with skirts. I'm always willing to
try though.

Re: which skirt type
Is this a true wrap skirt, or a pseudo
sarong? I had one RTW skirt that I loved. I
call it pseudo sarong ... but I don't know if
that is a real term. It was basically a
straight skirt with a flap over the front. It
had no waist band, but did have some waist
detail to give that sarong look. It was
flattering and comfortable. Too bad it
"Shrunk" a size or two!  ;) I think I'll
check some pattern books for a similar style.

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Juno wrote:

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If you taper your skirts so the hem is a few inches narrower in width
than the hip area, you will be surprised at how much nicer they look.

Melinda, who found this out after examing a RTW jumper she loved more
than her others and was surprised at what a difference it makes

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   Dear Melinda,
  I'll give you idea a try. Right now I'm trying to get my tab tops
done. My back started acting up on me again and I've put the project on
hold for a short time.I think I'll be able to start again tomorrow. I'm
half way through and I hate leaving a project before it's finished.
After the tab tops come a couple of summer dresses for my 4 little girl
grandchildren. Then I think the sewing machine will be free for
somethings for me.

Re: which skirt type
Juno, I second Melinda's suggestion. My friend Karen Howland used to
taper all her straight skirts, and it makes an enormous difference in
slenderizing, at least visually.  :)

Karen Maslowski in Cincinnati

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Re: which skirt type
Karen Maslowski wrote:
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It's on the list. That's all I want.The appearance of looking nice. I
can't change what I've taken so many years to come to unless I try for
all new body parts, no chronic illnesses and the fact that I'm a D....
good cook. ;)That's probably the biggest offender and I like to eat. I
feel that if I wear clothes that are becoming that's what really counts.

Re: which skirt type

You can do a lot of visual slenderizing, simply by following the lines
of the body, and allowing the fabric to skim over them. I see a lot of
people wearing clothing that is simply too tight, or that is so blocky
that it is unflattering. I know I look best in clothing with darts and
shaping that shows my figure to best advantage.

The reason that tapering a skirt works is because the eye tends to go to
that narrowest spot, in this case the hem of the skirt. Which causes the
eye to sort of skip over the other, er, wider parts. Whatever works!

Karen Maslowski in Cincinnati

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