I mentioned I was doing a draping class this term, and asked for skirt inspiration. I gathered (ahem) some great ideas from you.
- Mrs Mole suggested a yoke and lots of fullness
- Jay thought a hobble skirt might provide good inspiration
- Felicia wanted something with a bustle at the back
- Mary thought a toile with a zip
Phew – great thinking ladies! Here is a summary of my thinking to date – however my thinking will develop once I get the fabric in my hands. My teacher has kindly allowed me to drape in actual fabric rather than calico, so I may take a nice piece of checked fabric into my class.
- Inspired by Vivienne
I love Vivienne Westwood’s designs, and I have tried to copy what she does before when I made a jacket. Vivienne Westwood uses draping to create many of her looks, especially the skirts and dresses. Here are some skirts. By using stripes or plaids we can see what is going on. I love this look, and one of my priorities is to try this for myself, playing with the grain to create a nice but unusual shape.
2. A full length evening skirt
In this pattern I would like to use one of the sheers I have been researching – either silk organza or silk tulle. In this Schiaparelli dress the organza is peeled back to reveal the shocking pink underdress. It also features embroidery. Something to think about.
3. Asymmetric Flared skirt
I am keen to try an asymmetric pattern, to increase my range. Sam included this image, saying she was planning a coat with a similar look. I thought that was a great idea, but also wondered if it could be adapted to create a wrap around skirt. I like the way that the fullness of the flares come out at one side only. This will be technically challenging I think.
4. A fullish, winter skirt, with pockets, suitable for work, perhaps using a tartan. My namesake, amazingly talented knitting designer Kate Davies, recently got married. You can see the full length kilt she wore for her wedding, and a midi kilt worn by her bridesmaid and other striking images at Kate Davies designs. Her skirt was made by Scottesque, who certainly have some wonderful ideas. One of my draping books (Karolyn Kiisel) includes a kilt exercise.
5. A peg skirt, possibly an 80s style, with a paper bag waist
6. A ballet skirt. I am thinking of a fairly short, very full skirt.