Panel Skirt


This is a great trick to use when you want to make a slim skirt full. It's also wonderful if you have a small waist but wide hips. I've done this with yummy velvet skirts I've found at thrift stores which would never have fit otherwise.

Count the number of seams in your velvet skirt, you will be inserting a lace panel at each seam. The more seams a skirt has, the better this works. You will want to get lace {or whatever material you use} that will hang well. It shouldn't be too stiff as that will cause the panels to pooch out unattractively. If you get lace with a pretty selvedge {the finished edge} then you won't have to worry about hemming it. Again... I used the lace you see to your left.

Carefully rip out all the vertical seams in your skirt. If there aren't at least 4, you may have to make a new opening your self, again; the more seams and panels, the fuller the skirt. Lay the opened skirt out flat {Fig. 1}, then measure the triangle left between the panels of the skirt.
Fig. 1

Add an inch to each side of the triangle, that's how big each triangle of lace should be. Lay out your lace and mark off your triangles {Fig. 2} Try to use the selvedge as the bottom edge, so you will end up with a decorative hem on the lace panels.

Fig. 2

Once these are cut, sew them in-between the skirt panels {Fig. 3}. Now you have a full stylish skirt.
Fig. 3

Incidently, the rendering at the top of the page is actually for an outfit I made out of a grape velvet dress I found at a thrift store. The panels in that one are shaped more like ice cream cones than triangles, so they would drape more. I also added lace edge to the hem of the velvet panels.

Not only was the skirt too slim, but the top of the dress was too small. If you look at the rendering you can see how I put a matching lace panel in to make it more roomy. I also used the pretty edge of the lace to trim the neckline. The actual garment is trimmed in satin ribbon and small satin roses.

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