Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Gores and Godets - How to Sew Them

HLT of Before the Door asked if there was a trick to sewing gores and godets. So I decided to do a little tutorial on how I sew them.

Step 1 -
The middle of large circle on the godet pattern is exactly 5/8 inch away from the edge of the pattern. It is important to sew the exact distance on either side of the godet.

Step 2 -
I cut triangles to indicate the replacement of the large circles on the godet.

Step 3 -
Here you see the indicators for joining the gore to the godet.

Step 4 -
Next, stitch the seam of the gore to the large circle indicator. Back stitch a few stitches to secure it.

Step 5 -
After the seam is complete, pin the left side of the godet to the left side of the gore making sure to match the notches and large circles.

Step 6 -
Position the needle about a 1/4 inch below the seam already sewn. Back stitch to the seam above. Then continue to stitch the godet to the gore.

Step 7 -
Next, sew from the hem up to the large dot, stop and reinforce stitching before breaking.

Step 8 -
Press the seam away from the godet. Here is a view from the wrong side.

Step 9 -
Here is a view from the right side. That's it.

Happy Sewing!


  1. Wow Cennetta! They look so sharp! Thanks for posting & for including photographs, because really I didn't have a clue. This is so helpful and I will definitely refer back to your post when it's time to gore or godet!

  2. Thanks for the tutorial. I have several RTW skirts like this and wondered about the process. Now I might buy a pattern next time I see one.

  3. You're welcome. I should do more of these type of posts.

  4. I love tutorials like this one, C'! Say, I'm mentally designing my younger daughter's wedding dress (think Audrey Hepburn's "Sabrina" ball gown by Givenchy). What would you underline taffeta with? Line taffeta with? Got any bolero tips? I'm putting an elbow length sleeve in one, too.

  5. Hi Kelley - For a taffeta gown I would recommend a polyester taffeta lining. If the gown is a light color(of course, wedding gown), you want to consider a slightly heavier lining to prevent the "see through" affect. As for the bolero, I can't say I have any special tips as they do vary in style. But my preference is to line them like any other jacket taking the same amount of care.

    Thanks. I hope this is helpful.

  6. Cennetta,
    This is a fantastic tutorial. I know you're very busy, but you should create a section/blog just for these. I am printing this out to keep with my sewing books. This will make sewing gores and godets so much easier.
    Thank you so much,

  7. Angela - I'm glad it's helpful. Thanks!

  8. Thanks for the tutorial. I need all the sewing tips I can get. Your photos help.



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