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Pattern Puzzle - Rectangle Drape Skirt

Saturday, April 23, 2016
For this #PatternPuzzle post you have an elegant Drape Skirt that can be cut from a basic skirt block or any pencil skirt pattern.  My Skirt Block is now available here as a PDF download.  I've included some interesting seaming that works well with the drape feature that's included in the front left skirt.

The first stage of the pattern development is to make an 'A' line front and back skirt shape as the basis for the drape pattern development.
  1. Draw a line from the bottom of the front and back skirt dart, straight down to the hemline, parallel to the centre front and centre back.
  2. Cut up this line from the hem to the end of the dart.
  3. Fold each dart closed  a little to increase the hemline for the same amount (6-8cm front and back) to create and 'A' line shape.

For the second stage of the pattern development trace out a full front and back 'A' Line skirt.
  1. On the back skirt block mark in a diagonal seam from the top left side down to the right side hemline.
  2. On the front skirt the drape feature is located on the left side dart.
  3. Extend a seam line off the front dart at an angle as shown in the diagram.  This extension off the front panel seam is angled to hold the rectangular drape in place.  The extension is on both sides of the panel seam.
  4. The beginning of the panel seam starts on the back left side skirt and travels into the front drape panel.
  5. Add the rectangular pattern shape to both sides of the front panel, blending back to the hemline in the front and back.

Trace off the separate pattern pieces to make the pattern below.
  1. The front skirt pattern has a small piece of the back skirt added to complete the shape.
  2. The Side Back Left pattern has a piece of the front skirt added to complete the piece.
  3. The back right side pattern piece is shaped by closing the back left dart.
  4. Trace the rectangles for the front drape pattern piece.
  5. Add a strap waistband pattern to complete the skirt.

After some thought I'm a little concerned that the panel seam opening that supports the drape may be set a little too high, unless of course you like it all revealing.   If not you can drop the drape feature further down the skirt, closer too the thigh.  Let me know if you have any questions about making this pattern.  I'm always happy to help. :)

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Anneve MultiVroon commented on 23-Apr-2016 09:50 PM
Great! I always try to "get" your pattern puzzles and I totally "got" this one :) Might even try it, since I have an A-line-block

I developed it like this: http://multivroon.blogspot.nl/2015/07/de-proefrok.html (sorry, in Dutch)
Anonymous commented on 24-Apr-2016 08:19 AM
Love this! Thanks for posting all these great ideas. I may try this one.
Becki-c commented on 24-Apr-2016 08:37 AM
gorgeous, and it looks so simple to make.
Anita - studiofaro commented on 02-May-2016 12:46 PM
Hi MultiVroon, thanks for dropping by. :) I'm pleased you like the skirt and I'd love to see your sample when it is complete. You can email me or post it to my Facebook page. I love to share the links. :)
Anita - studiofaro commented on 02-May-2016 12:49 PM
Thanks to Becki-c and Anon, I'm pleased you enjoy the posts. :) If you make anything I'd love to see it and maybe share it on Facebook. Let me know if you have any questions. I'm always happy to help. :)
N commented on 05-May-2016 04:12 AM
I wonder if you could clarify something - on the sketch, there is a piece under the drape where the hem ends in a point. I can't see any pattern piece that creates that shape. Am I missing something?
Anita - studiofaro commented on 05-May-2016 11:10 AM
Hi N, thanks for dropping by. No you're not missing anything. :) What you're seeing is a mistake in my sketch. I only noticed it when I looked closely. I've not reflected the back hem well in the front sketch. The back sketch is a more accurate representation of the hem. If I get a moment I'll attempt a correction. Thanks for letting me know. :)
Jasmina commented on 12-Jan-2020 04:40 AM
Hello, Thank you for this inspiring pattern. I am thinking could it be possible not to add the draped rectangle seperatly but just to prolong the line on the basic pattern into rectangle on front and back side? I hope that I am being clear. Thank you.
Anita - Studio Faro commented on 13-Jan-2020 10:14 AM
Hi Jasmina, thanks for dropping by. Yes, you are correct, it would be ok to leave that rectangle on the skirt pattern piece. In this case I have separated because I'm using the reverse side of the fabric as a subtle contrast in the rectangle piece. I would love to see your skirt if you decide to make this design. :)
Jasmina commented on 14-Jan-2020 01:40 AM
Thank you Anita for fast response. I have set the opening little lower than on the foto, closed all the three darts except the one on the right back side, which will be sewn closed. Hoping it would not be to much volume on the skirt. I am not quite sure if I added the small back piece to the front skirt correctly and shaped the side seam, we will see :). I will probably choose plaid print and prolong the line to make a rectangle. This was realy fun and I have learned so much, thank you for this smart design. I will send a foto if the skirt will come out fine :)
Anita - Studio Faro commented on 14-Jan-2020 10:43 AM
Hi Jasmina, that's very smart of you to lower the front opening. After posting this design I realised that I've set it far too high and it would be too revealing in a high wind. :/ Sounds like you have all the design features covered in your pattern. Congratulations! I would so love to see your skirt when it's done. If you use Facebook, you can share a photo on my page (@studiofaroau) or in my Facebook group (STUDIO FARO MAKERS). If you're on Instagram please tag me (@studiofaro) when you post.

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