Making a Mermaid skirt...

Zorba

"The Veiled Male"
What is scary, is that I actually understood both Suzanne's and Tourbeau's posts! Sounds like an easy way to make one, actually. I think I'd be tempted to alternate the grain on the godets to save on fabric, but of course "it depends".

However, somebody please answer this stupid question: What is the difference between a godet and a gore? They're both triangles...
 

Shanazel

Super Moderator
What is scary, is that I actually understood both Suzanne's and Tourbeau's posts! Sounds like an easy way to make one, actually. I think I'd be tempted to alternate the grain on the godets to save on fabric, but of course "it depends".

However, somebody please answer this stupid question: What is the difference between a godet and a gore? They're both triangles...
A gore is a full length skirt panel. A godet is an insert.

I had to resist saying gore is what you get in horror movies and godet is what you wait for. Oh, look. I gave in after all. :eek:
 

Zorba

"The Veiled Male"
One of my dance sisters showed me how to "kamikaze" a dance skirt together. She basically made a gore skirt, then slit each gore halfway up, and inserted another gore (godet?) into it - THEN slit *that* one halfway up, and put in yet another gore/godet. Added a flounce and trim and called it good. The result must have weighed 30 pounds, and it moved and twirled like a dream!

Speaking of flounces, I'd be tempted to put one onto a mermaid - but then there's very few skirts that I've seen that I didn't think could be improved that way. Thoughts?
 

Tourbeau

Active member
Speaking of flounces, I'd be tempted to put one onto a mermaid - but then there's very few skirts that I've seen that I didn't think could be improved that way. Thoughts?
I'm not sure what you're thinking, since there are multiple possibilities. A big ruffle around the bottom that puffs out, reminiscent of the silhouette of those 50's cocktail dresses that were hobble skirts from the knee up and tulle from the knee down? A short ruffle on top of the hem like a trim? Little, vertically sewn circular ruffles coming down the godet seams? Covering the whole fishtail in calypso ruffles? Are we talking stable fluff or drapey embellishment to add movement?

I can imagine different scenarios working for different fabrics, but not every possibility working equally well. I think you've got a lot of leeway as long as you don't clash styles too much, like an elegant skirt with a "country cousin" dust ruffle. You could do a skirt that looks sophisticated and you could do one that looks more casual, but it's hard to pull off one that's formal party on the top and square dance on the bottom.
 
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