Originally Posted by patriciarakel
The skirt is basically just ruched (sp?) toc create the sections. When I was planning on making a Belle dress, I was going to use McCall's 3681 and just ruch the bottom. Just extend the bottom however much you want the ruffles to be and gather it up either using the basting method and pulling on the threads or getting elastic the length of the final skirt and pulling as you sew. Any basic ball gown skirt should work. It just needs a little modification.
^^; I really don't know what most of those words mean; I've only ever worked from patterns before with small modifications, but I'll look them up and see if I can figure it out. I already have a ball gown pattern I'm using for the top of the dress, so if I could use the bottom part, too, that'd save me money. Thanks for your advice. Hopefully I can make sense of it. >.>;