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Sew The Violet Femme Skirt A

Violet Femme Skirt

This skirt has tailored elegance, but the peek-a-boo option of contrasting pleat facings makes it suitable for much more than business. Faced pleats require an extra pattern piece for the interior of each pleat. The extra piece adds more flare when the skirt is in motion, but typically falls behind the pleat folds when the wearer is standing still. This detail also works as a beautiful substitution for a kick pleat in a straight skirt ...

Sew the new twist skirt A

New Twist Skirt

Bubble hems are turned under at the bottom of the skirt and attached to a lining, or stay, to create a soft fold and a “bubbled” silhouette. For a more dramatic bubble, draft more fullness and use a stiffer fabric than the skirt shown here. For a more draped look, choose a lighter fabric that falls closer to the body. This bubble hem is twisted for a different take on the design, but you can keep yours straight, if you prefer. ...

Piece Gathering Skirt

Gathered panels are a snap to draft, and can be added anywhere on any skirt. The waistline on this skirt is finished with a facing instead of a waistband. A facing is a separate pattern piece that is sewn to the garment’s edge and turned toward the inside, for a neatly finished edge. ...

Heavy Metal Skirt A

Heavy Metal Skirt

Box pleats aren’t reserved for cheerleader uniforms anymore. Here they are inverted and transformed into a chic detail, showcased in modern metallic fabric and a short hemline. Like most pleats, box pleats can be pressed into a hard crease or left unstitched for a softer, less tailored look. ...

Line-by-Line Skirt A

Line-by-Line Skirt

In fashion design, vertical panels are referred to as gores. The straight skirt features gores with godets at the hem. If you would like to add panels to your skirt, but also want the hemline to have more flare than a straight skirt, a few more steps are necessary. The flare needs to be drafted into each panel as shown in the next pages ...

Lone Star Skirt A

Lone Star Skirt

I love layering fabrics over one another. You can soften a bright print with a sheer solid, or add contrast with an unexpected under-layer. You can even use this method to create a lace layer over a lining. Go to the fabric store and play with stacking swatches. You may be surprised at all the fun fabric combinations that are at your disposal. ...

Girlie Show Skirt AA

Girlie Show Skirt

Full Hemline and Gathered Waist The following patternmaking method adds fullness to both the waistline and the hemline. Just as for the basic flared skirt, you slash and spread the bottom of the pattern. However, to create the gathered waistline, you also spread the top edge of the pattern. You will need to tape the pattern to drafting or patternmaking paper as you work. ...