I showed you some inspiration pictures for a draped skirt and I enjoyed your feedback – thank you.
I went to my evening class wearing the skirt I had made up from last week’s pattern. The inside picture is a little bit dark I am afraid. This skirt was an interesting experiment for me. I used a straight length of cloth. I cut off sufficient fabric for the waist band along the selvedge edge, then measured the width of my hips plus a little ease. There was no side seam and just a CB seam, with zip. I suppressed the fullness into three small darts each side of the zip, and three pleats to each side of the CF. I trimmed a little fabric from the waist to ensure it was neat before adding the lining and waist band. Very simple to make and virtually no waste. If you have limited fabric – just enough to circumnavigate the hips – this saves on taking in two side seams. I have used it before with a nice piece of leather to reduce the waste.
When I got to the class I had another idea in mind. A deconstructed four gore skirt. I tore out four rectangles of fabric, two which measured from princess line to princess line (at hip level) on the stand. And two more that were wide enough to span the back to front princess lines. I then played around with them until I had an artistic placement. While this is artistic it is also impractical. We have created an A line skirt but the gaps that opened up needed to be “filled in” if we are to create a wearable skirt.
I removed the pattern from the stand and added fabric with the same grain to two of the pieces to provide the “background” pieces, spanning both the CF and CB. This meant that two of the rectangles (which create the sides of the skirt) remain exactly as I started. I arranged them so they overlap the background pieces. At the moment I am thinking that the skirt will fasten along the left front princess line with perhaps a row of buttons. I am also considering doing the skirt in different fabrics so that the piecing is obvious.
I transferred the four pieces onto paper and marked the sewing lines.
In terms of construction I was inspired by this Topshop skirt which has unfinished seams. What do you think?