Velvet Inspiration for Winter skirts
Sumptuous velvet started life as a large scarf. Then I spotted a wool skirt with a lilac tone in and envisaged the wool cummerbund due to the lilac/beige colour harmony. An experimental challenge with ‘V’ shaped cummerbund (lined) and cutting skirt sections to hang from the diagonal. Floral voile lilac/beige insets, and purple/grey butterfly print as hem, chosen for colour harmony.
‘Plum Velvet’ Skirt No. 1 has 4 small triangular inserts, forming a fully circular skirt (great for dancing), and dark butterfly print hem frill.
‘Plum Velvet’ Skirt No. 2 has 2 triangular insets front and back and cream frill.
‘Plum Velvet’ Skirt No. 3 is made of many flared lilac and beige pieces (photo not showing).
‘Plum Velvet’ skirt No. 2 side insertion of invisible zip.
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Making procedure – similar all skirts: [temporary image reconstruction]
The velvet was cut to allow for 8 pieces, 4 in each skirt, (2 back, 2 front). Velvet piece positioned to cummerbund on dummy, gathered, using straight edge, allow to hang, then cut straight hem at base. Remove and cut 3 more for first skirt. Once they were all cut, I placed the second group of 4 velvet pieces the other way up, i.e. placing the bias along the cummerbund edge, allowing the straight edge to become the hem. (It was necessary to use straight edge to begin with to allow natural fall before cutting fabric at hem).
Below are two pieces after cutting shapes (from hanging on dummy), laid out with triangle gap, to cut inserts out.
Cutting triangle insert for velvet front backs.
Triangle inset: lace detail (strip cut from blouse) is stretched with zig-zag stitching to make flared edge then machined to inset side. Then join inset to main skirt part:either zig-zag on top of right side or make seam with right sides together then press flat well. Machining right sides together, joining inset to velvet
Cummerbund front and back - cut and darted. Measure your waist or dropped waist above hip, at position required: (e.g. 26") then allow 1.5 inches extra for waist darts on each piece, (which allows for dart take-up). Machine, press.
Lining also cut on bias and darted. Iron-on interfacing won't need darts if just 2 inches deep. Lay on and cut curved shapes. Machine half inch at waist. Clip waist.
Press lining inwards leaving seam space for closed side and zipped side. Finnish waist machine line into fold/seam edge point of lining fold.
Snip inside waist top seams including stiffening.
Machine both side seams along wool seam and lining seam all in one go. Press seam flat, (snip waist seams as above), then fold lining inwards and steam-press flat. Cummerbund lining pressed inside. One side left open for zip when skirt section is attached. Velvet and insets skirt section all joined: ready to pin and tack to cummerbund, tacking before machining. All skirt sections joined. Top of lace strips are folded in and excess cut off, then machined down while top-stitching with zig-zag around inserts to avoid bulky seams. Hand gather between pins, after positioning velvet to cummerbund, right sides together. Machine along gather line, removing pins as you go. Zig-zagging hem, pulling slightly, to create slight flare. Attaching frill behind skirt(underside view): Join strips of satin, silk, or polyester lining fabric (best cut on bias) twice length needed. Press over top edge quarter inch, pin to inside of skirt, half inch above hem. Zig-zag machine frill to skirt,removing pins as you go. Zig-zag frill hem from front.