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A few years ago an experienced sewer explained to me how to sew a skirt without a pattern-- does anyone here know how to do it? Basically it involves cutting a long rectangle, sewing it closed, sewing the hem, and gathering it along the waistband with elastic? Wouldn't this make the front and back uneven without an allowance for the derriere?<br><br>
Is there anything I'm missing? Have you ever done it?<br><br>
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I'd say these directions are right. I just made a dress with a gathered skirt for my dd, and this is exactly how it was done, except that the skirt was hemmed after gathering and attaching it to the bodice. The front and back pieces of the skirt were the same length, but it is a very gathered and loose style so I don't think it will be shorter in the back. For skirts, I think they are ideally hemmed after pinning in place on a dress form or model. In this way one can be certain that the hem is in a parallel line to the floor when worn.
 

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Yep! You remember correctly!<br>
If you go in your closet and pull out a skirt, most skirts are the same length all around. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Dresses too!<br><br>
These kind of skirts look really neat in different fabrics too, either width ways or length ways!
 

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I've done it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Easy as can be (other than I hate hemming, blech)
 

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Pretty much, but it depends on if you want a straight (pencil) skirt, an A-line (more flattering to most people), a flare, skirt, etc. I despise elastic because I HATE gatters in my pants and skirts, so I would just put a regular band with a zipper and hook. Have fun!
 
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