Without going too much into my planning for the rest of the month, today’s topic is my project for the August Burdastyle Couture Challenge. A Godet Skirt (#112) from the issue 08-2012. There are couple of styles I liked in this issue, but I wanted to make something practical I can wear every day, as well as work on a technique that hasn't been covered in my BS guest posts yet. A godet was a good option.
A godet is a triangular wedge inserted into a seam or a slit to add flare to the hem without increasing bulk at the waist or the hip.
This skirt is designed with in-seam godet, which is easy to sew and is stronger than the one inserted into a slit. For a tweed godet of this volume and length, this is the perfect solution.
The skirt itself is pretty simple: a pencil skirt with one princess seam that incorporates the godet piece. However, when I look at the skirt image and the instructions, there are a few things I would like to do differently. I am not claiming that these are problems, because it may have been done intentionally, yet from the comments on my Facebook page I understand that some of you agree with me on these points.
- Godet is puffing out at the tip (you can see it pretty well on the image). There is excess fabric that needs to be taken care of.
- I am not sure I like the petersham belt, but this is more of personal preference than anything else. I think I’d rather go for more polished look and use self-fabric for the belt too.
- The skirt has no lining. I am using tweed for the skirt, and there is no way I want to wear tweed close to skin. So, lining in!
- Finally, the BurdaStyle construction uses a small patch of the lining fabric - a narrower and shorter version of the skirt godet (an ‘undergodet’) - to create a stay behind the godet, so the skirt doesn’t flare out and preserves its silhouette. I am not sure it works perfectly, but I will need to make a muslin first and see what other options I can use to stabilize the movement of the skirt underneath the godet.
|Pattern pieces of the godet skirt, Model #112, Burdastyle Magazine, August 2012|
Image: Burdastyle magazine.
More to follow this week. With two kids (incl. a 3-year old toddler) at home, I need a day or two to get the muslin, cutting and underlining done, so please bear with me. Once the school starts I will have much more time to interact).
What do you think about the skirt, readers? Would you sew it for yourself?