Wow... so I'm a terrible sister. I draped this skirt for my sis in January 2018, and haven't done anything since then (yes, over a year)! Sometimes I find myself with half-finished projects which I want to have done, more than I want to do them! Terrible.
However, as it's been a while since I posted, let me show you the in-progress pictures and explain what I did. Normally, I switch to present tense for the project diary, but this project was so long ago, and the way I did it is not how I would do it today, so I'll stick to past tense.
The draping was simple and interesting. I started with one long rectangle of fabric and pinned the cardinal points: CF, sides, and CB. Then I adjusted the rest with darts to make the skirt hang straight.
Now, if I had cut the original rectangle in half and pinned that way, I would have ended up with the front piece shorter than the back, because of her posture and her bum. But since I had one long rectangle, the front and back were attached, and I ended up with a diagonal fold in the front, which I pinned out to make an interesting style line. I was expecting there to be a dart there, as on most skirt patterns, but I wasn't expecting it to be so diagonal or to extend into the side seam!
Then, because she has a marvelous backside, I made three darts instead of the usual one. As I pinned, I was reminded of the way Victorian bodices often have multiple underbust darts instead of the one we are used to. I imagine that's because the bodices were fitted to the individual women, and multiple smaller darts just do a better job of following unique curves.
MARKING THE PATTERN
Having pinned the pattern on half of her body, I took it off her, and marked the seam lines, first with chalk, then by sewing them with basting stitches, then thread-tracing. Finally I cut the basting stitches out and transferred the thread-tracings to the other side, too, to get a complete skirt pattern.
I was intending this to be an A-line skirt, but I made a bone-headed error when cutting the side, so it became a pencil skirt. However, I can make the pattern an A-line later, or a wiggle skirt.
This may seem like a lot of work. Why not just sew the thing up immediately? The reason is that I wanted to make a pattern I could use for multiple skirts for her.
Now, half a year later, I look at the whole process and I feel encouraged, for two reasons:
Yup, I'm a terrible sister!
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