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A triangular piece of fabric usually set into the hem of a garment to add fullness.

[French : god- in goder, to pucker (of fabric), bunch up (from godron, gadroon, pleat, from Middle French goderon, from Old French, gadroon; see gadroon) + -et, diminutive suffix (from Middle French, from Old French; see -et).]
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(ˈɡəʊdeɪ; ɡəʊˈdɛt)
(Clothing & Fashion) a triangular piece of material inserted into a garment, such as into a skirt to create a flare
[C19: from French]
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a triangular piece of fabric inserted in a garment to give fullness.
[1870–75; < French: mug, cup, pucker, godet, Old French, =god- (< Middle Dutch codde cylindrical piece of wood) + -et -et]
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A triangular piece of material inserted in a skirt or sleeve to make it fuller or give it a flare.
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Add inset stripey godets to a basic skirt with the Market Midi on page 54, or turn a men's shirt into a playful pinafore on page 58.
The sweetheart neckline and beaded straps bodice was finished with a full skirt with tulle godets. The bride selected pink Christian Louboutin heels and carried a hand-tied bouquet of dark-pink garden roses, blush sweetheart roses, pink waxflower, seeded eucalyptus, scabiosa, white ranunculus, and green amaranthus.
Because the godets were intended to lie flat and not drape when worn, the extra stiffness of the organza was suitable.
Mike Roughton, president and CEO, said they were "working hard to build capacity in Europe." The supplier specializes in 10,000 minimum aluminum and tin-coated steel pans and godets for dry blushes and compacts.
Section 1 (S1) is a temperature controlled holding back godets (MDO-AT) unit with a rubber roll at the beginning.
The process involves the well-known spin packs and the double shell godets, the HPc-texturing system and the fully automatic winder.
To produce 32-[micro]m fibers, a 50-filament spinneret with 510-[micro]m-diameter holes was used and the three draw-line godets were operated at 125, 150, and 150 m [min.sup.-1].
The US-based manufacturer of rotary temperature transmitters for godets and heated rolls will be displaying its expanding line of products.
"The skirt has three godets of colour with a split right to the hip.
L'usage social s'impose meme dans les textes officiels, comme par exemple dans cette phrase : << Je suis convenu avec l'Affricain de l'habitation Chantilly qu'il viendrait prendre demain les planches necessaires a la reparation des godets de la roue du moulin de cette habitation >>, ou dans ce titre : << Etat des journees que les africains ont employes a la nouvelle prise d'eau de la Ravine du Sud >> (Gavanon a Polverel, 1er mars 1794).
FLOWER CHILD: Flesh chiffon top with sewn on flowers, right, pounds 38, Oasis; pink crepe skirt with godets, pounds 65, Monsoon; necklace with flesh stone, pounds 8, Accessorize