03 Aug Waterfall Jersey Skirt – First Sample
- I’ve replaced the centre front gathers, that sat over the tummy, with a couple of large folds to reduce bulk in that area.
- The contour waistband is behaving badly, especially at the centre back. Either I need a stronger fusible interlining or an alternative waistband finish.
- I also need to lift the front hem to match the hi-lo effect of the hemline in the original design.
- The horizontal gathered drape that sunray’s out of the centre front, from under the large vertical tucks, may present a problem in construction. There is a lot of fabric and it will require a special seam finish so as not to ruin the front of the skirt.
It is this large amount of gathered drape that meets at the centre front: it will need to be sewn together as a lap seam to reduce the amount of bulk under the front drape.
- Joining the centre back seam.
- Then add the waistband to the skirt. I’ve included some strong elastic (swimmer elastic) in the top of the contour waistband, to make sure it recovers everytime you pull it over your hips.
- Finally finish off the hemline with either a overstitch or a zig-zag on your domestic machine.
- There is a need to solve the waistband issues in the next sample. I’m going to try a simple folded band to encase a wide elastic.
- I’m very interested to see if I can make this work in a woven fabric. I’ll have to grade the skirt sizing up at least one size to even begin. Then add a zip to the centre back seam to get it over my hips.
- And I’m seriously considering having this pattern graded so I can add it to the sewing patterns on my website. What do you think? Is this the kind of pattern you’d like to make for yourself?
If you’d like to buy a copy of these pattern making notes for your own personal use at home you’ll find them here: Waterfall Jersey Skirt- Pattern Making Instructions.