The skirt is draped on one half only, the other half is copied.
4. Next (see Image 2), following the book instructions, I cut off a portion of the toile above the waistline and made snipped into the seam allowance as far as the waistband (the black twill/bolduc tape we placed on our dress form will show through the toile providing a guideline for draping). Pin the fabric to the waistline as you go. Continue cutting off excess toile fabric above waistline, snipping the seam allowance, pinning the waistline and molding the skirt into the waistline.
- Center Front (CF)
- Center Back (CB)
- Side Seam (this skirt has no side seams, so make marks by following your dress form side seam lines)
- Hip Height (HH)
It is always recommended to provide some control points or notches to be able to match seams.
I also marked the skirt length using a hem marker (in the book it is done at a later stage, when the toile is marked flat on a table)
10. Try the skirt on and check that everything is correct.
Hooray! The first draping project is complete. What next? Iron the toile, starch it (optional) and use it as a pattern.
I have two skirts line up for this style. One using a relatively stiff abstractly striped grey fabric, and another one - a plaid. For the plaid skirt I am planning to do a petticoat. Both will be a part of my Mad Men Project - creating a 60s wardrobe inspired by the series.