A skirt with godets on the seams.

A godet (/ɡˈd/ or /ɡˈdɛt/)[1] is an extra piece of fabric in the shape of a circular sector which is set into a garment, usually a dress or skirt.[2] The addition of a godet causes the article of clothing in question to flare, thus adding width and volume. The most popular use of godets is in petticoats. [3] Adding a godet to a piece of clothing also gives the wearer a wider range of motion.[4]

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  1. ^ "godet". Oxford English Dictionary (Online ed.). Oxford University Press. (Subscription or participating institution membership required.)
  2. ^ Wolff, Colette (1996). The art of manipulating fabric. KP Craft. ISBN 978-0-8019-8496-9.
  3. ^ Silverman, Julia E. (1942). Power Machine Sewing. R.R. Smith.
  4. ^ Pepin, Harriet (1997). "1942-Modern Pattern Design". VintageSewing.info. Retrieved 2009-08-13.