How to sew a godet skirt in 9 steps

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What is a Godet?

Godets can be thin, triangular pieces made of fabric that are stitched to a dress or circle skirt from the knee to the hem. These vertical inserts allow for garment movement and start at the top. They flare out towards the hemline on long skirts. The godet skirt, a type A-line flare skirt worn by swing dancers, is a popular style. Swing skirts have godet inserts that make the dancer’s movements and outfits more dynamic. Godet skirts can be midi or maxi skirts, made of chiffon or crepe fabrics. Godets can be made to match the existing skirt or may have a different texture or color.

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While ruffles, pleats, godets and Godets add volume to dresses and skirts, there are some key differences. Godets give skirt patterns a more draping feel and are more fluid, while pleats are lines that are folded over and pressed for a crisp look. Ruffles are horizontal layers of fabric that run around a skirt, while godets are vertical pieces of fabric that are sewn into the skirt.

How to sew a godet skirt

This tutorial will show you how to make your DIY godet skirt.

Take your measurements. Measure your hips widest and measure the length from your waist to the desired hemline. Your skirt can be made to reach your knees or longer so that it falls around your ankles.

Mark the top of the godets. The top point of the godets should be at the knee. This is where they will flare out. This can be marked in tailor’s chalk.

Simple math is possible. Add three inches to the circumference of your hips and divide it by four. Round up to the nearest whole or half inch. This will give you the width of each godet at the bottom. A half-inch seam allowance should be added along the long edges of the skirt.

Make your godet pattern. A godet sewing template consists of four panels for the skirt and four pieces for the pie-shaped godet. Tracing paper can be used to measure and cut the pattern pieces. Then mark the locations on the skirt panels where you will place the godets.

Create your skirt. From the waistline, sew the straight panels together to the place where the godet panels begin.

The seams should be pressed open. Press seam allowances all the way to the hem.

Place the godet panels. Lay the godet panel on the wrong side of your skirt. Place each godet side in place.

Stitch. Turn the skirt right-side out and sew from the top to the hemline. This process can be repeated for all remaining godets.

A waistband can be added. The waistband can be folded down to the bottom by folding it down one-and a quarter inches. Press with an iron. Cover the top of your skirt with one-inch elastic and sew it together with edgestitching.

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How to Rip Jeans: 6 Tools For Ripping Jeans

These tools are required to rip jeans.

Cardboard: You can prevent your jeans from ripping the back by inserting a piece of cardboard between the front and back legs.

Chalk: To mark your shape and to rip your jeans, use thick chalk (which can be rinsed with water).

Knife, scissors: The main tools for ripping jeans are a knife and a pair of scissors. For the first cut, the edge of the knife will help to loosen the fabric. You can use the scissors to make the holes.

Ruler: Measure the length of your rips with a ruler while you trace them with chalk.

Sandpaper: Before you start ripping your denim, you’ll need to soften it with sandpaper. This loosens the weave fibers. To loosen fabric, you can use a pumicestone or cheese grater if there is not enough sandpaper.

Optional: Tweezer (optional). To give denim a worn-in look, pull the fabric ends and add long, white, tweezer threads.

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How to prep Jeans before Ripping

A wash cycle can soften jeans and make it easier to create clean rips. These steps will prepare your jeans for ripping.

Pick the right pair of jeans: Not all jeans are suitable to ripping. Cotton jeans are better than stretch or polyester jeans because cotton frays easily. Old jeans that have been worn in are great because they don’t feel stiff. Before you rip your jeans, make sure to read the care label.

Wash: It is much easier to cut through freshly washed denim than unwashed jeans. To prime your jeans, wash them in the washer on a quick cycle. To achieve a distressed look in your jeans, wash them on a few cycles. You can also add bleach to the wash cycle to lighten it.

Dry your jeans: Hang dry them before you cut and rip them. This will remove excess moisture that could hinder ripping. To speed up drying, run your jeans through the dryer for ten minutes on a gentle cycle.

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Lay flat: Place your jeans flat on a flat surface such as a table, large counter or other work surface. Spread the fabric evenly to prevent any crinkles. This step will increase your chances of getting even cuts.