Hi everyone, hope you are having a great weekend…..today I am here answering some questions that you all have about The Starboard Skirt. Hopefully your question is answered but if not email me and I will do my best.
Are there any modifications for an adult skirt?
My best answer is maybe, depending on your body shape. And here’s how to know…..
Because the skirt is made from a rectangle piece of fabric with a pleat….on little girls whose waist and hips are basically the same size (give or take a couple of inches or so) the skirt will look more A-line. But, on me, because my waist and hips are not the same, this same rectangle shape with a pleat will look like a straight skirt on me because essentially it is. So, it all depends on what kind of a skirt you want.
If you have a boyish figure (and oh how I wish I did– don’t we always want what we don’t have?), I wouldn’t make any modifications. It will have a slight A-line shape to it.
But, if you are like me and have hips, you can do three things. The first is to use a lower measurement to start the skirt. Instead of using your waist measurement, measure your hips as a starting number. The second thing you can do is create a bigger pleat. For example, instead of an 8 inch pleat, do a 12 inch pleat (which is what I did on my skirt). It will give you an extra four inches at the bottom of the skirt to give more of an A-line appearance.
When I made my quatrefoil skirt, I did #1 and #2. It made for more of an A-line shape….and worked very well for me.
The third thing you can do, is to cut a true A-line shape for the skirt in the first place. I would do the pleat part first, tack the pleat in, and THEN cut the skirt front and back to an A-line shape. Here is what an A-line skirt looks like to cut out. You could use a skirt that you have that is this shape, or just eyeball it, but it should resemble something like this.
How do you get your pleat to stay so nicely at the bottom?
My best answer is to press, press and press! And get a good iron. I learned early on in my sewing career that a well pressed seam is the way to go (can you tell that I didn’t always do this?). But it really works. I press the pleats down REALLY well with a super hot iron that I have on full steam. You could also starch the pleats….and that would help them stay nicer for a longer time too.
Where can I get the fabric online?
Will this skirt work with a lighter weight fabric?
The answer is yes it will work. It won’t have quite as much structure, but it will work. And would be fun for summer because it will be flowy and cool!
I think that is all for now, but if you have more email me and I will do my best!
Have a great weekend!