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enough so the bottom part can be held in the hands while dancing. A paneled (godet) design. For a simple Aline, panelled skirt, measure your waist (i.e. the finished length of waistband required) your hips, and the distance between them. Ease will automatically be added to the hip measurement, depending on the hip depth. You also need the measurement for the finished length. The skirt calculator is at the bottom of the page  this is what it does: Divide waist and hip (plus ease) measurements by the number of panels On the diagram below: (a) is the finished length. (b) is the extension of half the difference between the hip (plus ease) and waist measurement, divided by the number of panels. (c) is the waist measurement, divided by the number of panels.  
 
Start by drawing a rectangle (a) by (c). At each side of the bottom of this rectangle, draw a parallel line distance (b) away, and around 6"/15cm long. Using your measure, draw a line of length (a) from the top of the rectangle to where it crosses these parallel lines. 
It is now possible to work out what the width of the hem will be without any godet, and then adjust accordingly. Something to remember is that a person's arm span (finger tip to finger tip when fully extended) is approximately equal to their height, so if I wanted to hold my skirt straight out to my sides, it would have to be over 10' (3.5m) in circumference at the hem! Now you don't need to do this, but you should get a feeling for where you want your arms to be when you hold up your skirt, and your minimum skirt hem is double the distance between your hands. The calculator will tell you the hem length of the basic skirt. To add more to this, you start designing your godet.  
 
In this diagram, (d) will be half the difference between the hip and waist measurements (e) is the distance from waist to hips, and (f) is the extension of the godet at the hem (g) is the difference between the required length and the hip depth As before, draw a parallel line a distance (f) away from the rectangle's edge. Pivoting your measure at the hip point, measure a distance (g) to hit these lines. Round off the hem, and add seam allowances, as for a basic panelled skirt, above. 
 
 
 
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