How to make a Victorian/Steampunk 4 Gore Underskirt

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Sometimes these patterns can be a bit tricky so I've made this instructable
so you can see in a more visual way how to put it together
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Step 1: What you will need

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4 2/3 yards of silk or taffeta fabric
Dritz tracing wax paper (get the vintage stuff it's Waaaay better)
3-4 spools of thread
Ruffle foot for your sewing machine
Sewing Machine
Serger (optional)
Truly Victorian 4 gore underskirt pattern TV261
Roll wheel

Step 2: Cutting out your pieces

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Cut out all the pieces as instructed paying attention to grain lines fold instructions
listen on the pattern.

Serge around the outside of every piece to prevent fraying.

Step 3: Marking You Pattern Marks

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Slip the colored side of the paper in facing the wrong side of your fabric
behind the dark marks on the pattern.
Roll along the marks on the pattern with the wheel nice and hard to
make sure that the marks transfer onto the fabric.
Flip the paper and do the same on the wrong side of piece 2.

Repeat for all parked pieces including the stars on the back pieces

Step 4: Skirt 1

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Pin darts together on wrong side of the fabric
matching marks. Stitch along marks.

DO NOT BACKSTITCH at the points
instead tie the two loose strings together at the point and trim
This will gibe you a nice crisp dart.
Turn to right side and press.

Then stitch skirt front to skirt sides leaving 4 inches at the top for the fastening on one side
right sides together and press.

Step 5: Skirt 2

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Turn under the seam for the fastening side and stitch down.
Press flat with iron

Step 6: Skirt 3

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Match pleat marks on the back and pin
you are folding down towards the bottom.
Stitch in place then sew side back to back pieces on both sides
right sides together.
kwickster2 years ago
So after this awesome costume is made where do we get a cute girl like this one to put it on?
That is beautiful! I have been wanting to make a skirt like that too!