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Specific Pattern FAQ

101:

  • Is the bustle in pattern 102 meant to be worn underneath this skirt?

No

  • Where are the pattern pieces for the bodice that goes with this skirt?

This pattern does not come with a bodice, but Laughing Moon 103 was designed to be worn with this skirt.

102:

  • Is the bustle in this pattern meant to be worn under the skirt in pattern 101?

No

103:

  • Is the bustle in this pattern meant to be worn under the skirt in pattern 101?

No

109:

  •  Can I learn tailoring from this pattern?

          You will learn some techniques from this pattern. However, if you would like to become a tailor you would benefit              more from a tailoring class than from any specific pattern that incorporates tailoring techniques.

111:

  • I heard that the skirt for this pattern runs very short – is this true?
No, there is not a pattern piece for the skirt, but rather a template.  The length of the skirt is going to depend on how tall you are, how long a skirt you want and how deep a hem you would like.  If you somehow skipped the directions and made a skirt from the template, then I would not be surprised if you ended up with a very short skirt.
  • Do I have to make the skirt longer in the front than in the back?

           No – that’s up to personal preference, if you want you can make it the same length all the way around

112:

  • How do I connect my steel hoops?  Clear vinyl tubing found in the plumbing section of home improvement stores works as 1/2” wide hoop steel connectors.  Use the size ½” outside diameter and 3/8” inside diameter and cut it in 1 ½” sections.
  • Please note the following information about View C:  The notches are missing from the front edge of Piece 10 Side Back View C.  Sorry for the inconvenience!  Also View C bustle has a length of 33 inches, but after boning, it measures between 1 and 2 inches shorter.  If you wish to lengthen it, do so at the “Lengthen/Shorten” line.  If, after making it, you wish to lengthen it, remove the boning and split it at this line.  Add a strip of fabric the width you wish to lengthen it plus 2.5 inches for seam allowance.  To shorten it take a tuck at the “Lengthen/Shorten” line.  The length of the bustle is personal preference but 6 inches or so off the floor with your shoes on is suggested.  The stays in the bustle are meant to rest on the bum and against the calves of your legs.  Do not move the bottom stay to the front of the bustle.  If you do that there is nothing to prevent your skirt and train from pushing the bottom hoops down at the back and swaying the front forward.  You can add one to the front but don’t omit the back stay.

114:

  •  I heard that the skirt for this pattern runs very short – is this true?

           No, there is not a pattern piece for the skirt, but rather a template.  The length of the skirt is going to depend on how                tall you are, how long a skirt you want and how deep a hem you would like.  If you somehow skipped the directions and             made a skirt from the template, then I would not be surprised if you ended up with a very short skirt.