Renaissance Skirt Tutorial
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Tips for Success
- I used 1 1/2″ elastic for the skirt waist instead of having a fitted waist band. I added 1″ to the top of the pattern where the waist band would have been sewn. If you go this route, please be aware the pattern needs to be straighter at the top and side seam to accommodate the sewing of the elastic, it will not be as curved as for an inset waistband.
- Also, I did not use a zipper for the skirt. I cut the back piece on the fold of the fabric where the zipper would have been instead.
- I shortened the hem by about 1″. Generally speaking, the longer the skirt, the narrower the hem should be. A small rolled hem is much better and takes much less time than the wide hem allowed on the pattern. In fact, you could just serge the hem, this is a costume after all. No one will notice what your hem width really is. I have seen costumes at the Renaissance Faire that aren’t hemmed at all and I thought they looked very appropriate.
- There is a mistake in the cutting layout on the manufacture’s directions for View A. It reads to “cut 3” panels for the skirt. Even if you use a zipper you only need two panels (front and back) for view A. Three panels are needed for view B, not for view A.
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