Gather full


I was reading a book.
There is a sentence" the gored skirt of brown cashmere was smooth and rather tight in front, but gathered full around the side and back."
I'm wondering 1,what this"gathered full"means? 2, can I say at the front instead of in front?
  • velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    You could say "tight at the front".

    Around the sides and at the back, the skirt is full: there is plenty of material, which is gathered at the waist to fit. For the benefit of those who know nothing about sewing, "gathering" - by sewing loose stitches and then pulling on the threads to draw the material up in small folds - is a way of making the material fit at the waist. It's less structured than pleating.

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