Gathered skirt from the Betty pattern


I have this vintage dress which is gathered in at the waist and has a lovely full floaty skirt. When I laid it out flat I could see that it must have started as a full circle skirt. So I took our Betty Dress pattern and lay the pattern on top of the dress to see how it related.It seemed like all it needed was a bit extra width at the sides and for the waist to be increased so it could be gathered into the waistband. Easy enough?!


So I slashed the Betty skirt in three places and opened out the waist. I then added a further 15cm to the hem at the side seams for more fullness. The original dress was cut on the fold so it was just one piece with one centre back seam. So I cut my piece on the fold. I was a little worried about the grainline but as it was a full circle skirt I figured there was room for error. I kept the centre front on grain.

I then made a waistband from measuring around my waist and adding 4cm for overlap. I popped in an invisible zip along the seam.


The top of the skirt gathered gently into the waistband so it is a soft look.


And that’s all there was too it. It was a slightly botched way round of getting the skirt I wanted  but it was quick to make and I’m happy with the results!


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