Basic Skirt Front-Alteration for Misses Size 4

ALTERATION FOR BASIC SKIRT FRONT PATTERN FOR MISSES SIZE 4 (USING STANDARD SIZE MEASUREMENTS)

When using the measurements for Misses Size 4, it may be necessary to adjust the front skirt pattern during the fitting.

I found that on my dress form, the Front Skirt was too wide on the Basic Fitting Shell. I had to take in 3/4″ total at the waist all the way down to the hem in order to achieve a smooth fit.

The diagram shows how to make this alteration if needed.

1. Measure the middle between Points B and L. Label a.

2. From Point a draw a vertical line down to the hem. Label Point b.

3. Divide the excess measurement in half (example 3/8″) and measure half to each side of Point a (example 6/16″). Label Points c and e.

4. Draw straight line down from Point c and label Point d. Do the same from Point e and label Point f.

5. Fold line from Points e-f and bring to meet Points c-d. Tape in place and use this adjusted pattern as the Basic Fitting Toile.

6. What you have constructed is a fitting tuck that will vary in width depending on the skirt style once style ease is added.

Note: When constructing a sheath skirt with the addition of style ease, this alteration may not be needed. If it is, the amount of intake for the fitting tuck may be much less. It will vary with the style and the kind of foundation garments worn (i.e. a lightweight panty girdle).

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