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Pattern Puzzle - Waterfall Jersey Skirt

Monday, May 05, 2014
This weeks #PatternPuzzle was quickly solved by the fans on Saturday morning.  Together they were able to provide all the important detail for this Waterfall Jersey Skirt.Waterfall jersey Skirt

Using my skirt block that is two sizes smaller than your usual to end up with a fit that has negative ease suitable for stretch fabric.  

In this case approx. 5cm in negative ease would suit a two way stretch fabric.  Then to build you pattern prepare your pattern plan as follows:

  1. Lower the skirt waistline.
  2. Select the full length past the knee and add the extra length.
  3. Shape the front hemline up towards the CF to suit the sketch.
  4. Taper the side seams 3cm each side at the hem, back to the hip line.
  5. Mark in a shaped waistband of 4cm deep.
  6.  Draw in the front section of the skirt with lines radiating from under the waistband to the hem.
  7. Then draw in the lines for the rucking that comes from the side seam to the CF.
Drape Skirt Pattern Plan
To develop the final pattern I found it easier to work on each aspect of this pattern separately then bring all the components together to make up the final pattern.  

  1. Firstly trace the back skirt transferring al the dart shaping to the side seam.  
  2. Then add the front horizontal sections to the back eliminating all darts and side seam shaping.
  3. Then working on the centre front portion, spread the sections to allow for gather in the CF panel and some fullness in the from hemline only.  Add fold back section from edge of gather to CF line.
  4. Finally pull all the pieces together to make one final pattern piece including the front and the back.
Jersey Skirt Pattern Development

The final pattern has a contour waistband and one main skirt pattern for the front  and the back (cut on CF fold).  The large curve in the pattern is gathered and joined to the CF turnback.  This is then folded back to the CF to support the front gathers to the hem.  Use medium weight stretch interlining for the waistband.  Depending on your stretch knit, you may need an invisible zip in the CB opening.

Jersey Skirt Final Patterns

Hoping you all enjoy this new #PatternPuzzle and feel free to comment or email me if you have any questions.  Enjoy :)

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Nia commented on 15-Apr-2016 04:42 PM
This is such a cool pattern. I'd love to try and use it this summer
Anita commented on 16-Apr-2016 01:56 PM
Hi Nia, thx for dropping by. I'd love to see you skirt when you make it. :) Let me know if you have any questions as you make the pattern. Always happy to help. :)
Anonymous commented on 05-Sep-2016 05:29 PM
pls can I get a video of ds
Anita - studiofaro commented on 08-Sep-2016 11:53 AM
Thanks for dropping by Anon. :) So sorry no video of this pattern making. Maybe you have some questions? I'm happy to help as you go along.
Lena commented on 22-Jan-2019 11:31 AM
I love this skirt, but as a beginner there's no way I could draft the pattern myself... Do you have any idea of a commercial pattern somewhat similar? Or do you sell your own patterns (graded) ?
Anita - Studio Faro commented on 22-Jan-2019 12:30 PM
HI Lena, thanks for dropping by. :) I am working on this pattern but it may be a little while before I get it uploaded to the site. Unfortunately, I don't know of a similar commercial pattern. If you're subscribed to my newsletter you'll be the first to hear when it is released.
Lily commented on 27-Jun-2020 09:46 PM
If I wanted to make this with a woven material, can I still use the same framework and simply leave these ease as-is?
Anonymous commented on 28-Jun-2020 09:45 AM
Hi Lily, thanks for dropping by. I believe you can use these instructions to make a woven version of this skirt. However you will need to add a zip in the centre back seam. And because of the amount of gather drape over the tummy, it would be wise to use a fine drapery fabric so it falls well and doesn't create too much bulk. And yes, you will need to leave all the usual garment ease in your skirt block.

I'd love to see your sample it you're happy to share. Easiest place to do that is in my STUDIO FARO MAKERS Facebook group. Or if you share to Instagram just add my handle @studiofaro and I'll get to see it anyway. I've made the stretch version and will one day get around to making a woven version for myself.

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