I was inspired by a skirt from the Italian pattern drafting book "Il Modellismo Sartoriale":
What I like is the slimming effect of the vertical lines of the panels. You could also use those seam lines to introduce a flare for an A-line skirt. Pretty versatile, eh?
I wanted mine to be pegged (narrow at the knees) so a vent is necessary for walking. I decided on a box pleat in the back instead of the expected vent. I thought it would make the lining easier.
And for the waistband, I chose neither facings nor a waistband, opting instead for a self lined finish. A narrow twill tape sewn at the waist seam stabilizes it.
And here is the muslin:
I sewed a version in black tropical weight wool, and it needs to be hemmed.
I have so many options nowadays, to draft a pattern.
- Paper and pencil work surprisingly well! That method is not as difficult as I'd have guessed a few years ago.
- Bernina My Label - I'll get back into my beloved BML as soon as I measure myself again. When I lost everything on my hard drive to a virus, I lost all my measurements (and the measurements of DD & DSD)
- Wild Ginger Pattern Master Boutique (PMB)- this is what I used to create this pattern.
- It doesn't need very many measurements.
- The print preview is useful to overlay the pattern pieces before printing. The reduces the number of pages printed.
- I cut the all the right & bottom edges first, then use tiny bits of tape to attach the pages to the cutting mat. The grid lines on the cutting mat make it quick to line up the paper.
- Roll out the tracing paper. I am using doctor's exam table paper. The vellum is just about the same weight and transparency of commercial pattern paper.
- It is easier than tracing from a pattern magazine (eg BWOF) because there is only one pattern on the paper.
The first muslin was way too loose, so I went back into the program to reduced the amount of ease, increase the number of darts and move them closer to the side seam. While tracing, I just added the vertical seams through the front darts to create the panel look.
So, how about that? When I was finished, I realized I had designed a skirt. I know it is nothing ground-breaking, but isn't this what it means to design? I think so ... I just put together a few features and ended up with the skirt I wanted.
Yes, I am going on and on, here. If you have read this far, I am almost finished :D
The vertical lines are straight, which I think helps for a flattering line. And the box pleat in the back allowed for a very simple lining and, yep, it was faster & easier than a vent.
Maybe I'll get that thing hemmed and worn soon, so I can post a pic.