I want to lengthen the hula hoop skirt, as it seems a little short and I have a couple of tall girls to sew for. I am thinking of just adding a couple of inches to the bottom of the skirt flounce, as I can then still use the fold lines for the turn over.
I’ve never really lengthened a circular skirt before but I am assuming you would do the cut and splice method where you slice the pattern down the middle, spread and redraw. Because it is round I am also assuming that a straight line would lead to potential disasters!
I made the Hula Hoop Skirt twice last week. The first time I made it in size 7 length, it was too short for my daughter so I gave that skirt away. The second time I made it I added 2 inches to the length of the flounce. It turned out really cute. The fold over ends of the flounce are related to the width, not the length. When you lengthen in flounce, the fold over parts are longer not wider and the position of them on the hips does not change. If you cut down the middle of the curve and add inches there, it would make it wider.
Jennifer is right; if you add length, add it to the bottom edge. This is really easy to do with a ruler, just moving it along and making short marks every 1/2″ or so. Then you can join the marks for your new hem line. Really, you could make the skirt any length you want this way.
Thanks for the prompt replies. I did lengthen the pattern by 2″ in the way Liesl and Jennifer describe, but I haven’t made it up yet. I wanted to see if any one had had a different brilliant idea fohow to do it. I desperatly want the larger sized pattern as well. I might just have to work out how to make one for me! (much enlargerd)
Yhe yoke would be much easier to lengthen, but I think all the fun of the skirt is in the flouncy twirly skirt! I’m also concerned that it would put off the balance of the pattern, here I am talking about pattern balance when I’m only lengthening one part of the skit! I still haven’t made up the one I lengthened a couple of days ago (size 4), but once I have enlarged the skirt to a 14 and 16 I will then add length to the 10 and that will probably be the next one made up.
This is an amazing pattern Paula, though it dose seem to run a little small, but I’m think that’s how it’s designed. Just check the final measurment to check that she’ll be able to get the size you make on.