Plum Velvet - named from the sumptuous aubergine-velvet fading to champagne peach, originally a large scarf. Wool tweed cummerbunds are cut from a wool skirt with a lilac tone in. An experimental challenge with ‘V’ shaped cummerbund (lined) and cutting skirt sections to hang from the diagonal. Cummerbund could be worn as dropped waist on smaller waist sizes. Floral voile lilac/cream insets in Plum 1 and Plum 2. Different frill hems.
Plum Velvet No.1 has full circular skirt in velvet panels (light peach at front, dark aubergine at back); 2 triangular organdie inserts front and back; cream satin frill behind hem. SIZE: Length 20 inches. Waist 29 inches.
Plum Velvet No.2 - has semi-circular skirt in velvet panels (light both front and back, dark at sides); 4 triangular organdie floral insets to front, back and both sides; butterfly print hem frill; wool cummerbund. SIZE: Length 9 inch. Waist 30 inch (can be worn dropped)
Plum Velvet No. 3 - has fully flared circular skirt in many patch panels of beige, coffee and lilac flowered organdie. Wool tweed cummerbund with skirt panels stitched flat behind. Frill of purple/navy butterflies is stitched on cummerbund center back and front. Lace and velvet gathered front pocket. SIZE: Length 21 inches. Waist 31 inches. Slider Gallery below.
Plum 3 has different panels than Plum 1 & 2. The cummerbund thicker traditional lower seam is avoided by machining layers over one wool cummerbund layer only. Make cummerbund with lining the same as Plum 1 & 2. Lay on flat surface and cut assorted fabric panels with tops wider than necessary, to be gathered behind cummerbund. Start with length required at front, then arrange side panels to be long enough, but can be different angles at base, depending on fabric available. (Panels are longer at skirt sides, due to angle of cummerbund centre front to side). After joining panels, and gathering tops by hand, PRESS well to size to fit into cummerbund, then place between outer cummerbund and inner cummerbund lining. Hang on dummy or model to cut hem appropriately to style. ‘Handkerchief ‘points are worth considering for some panels. See making below for adding frill to cummerbund. Plum 3 has side buttoning instead of zip (see photos in above slider gallery). A frill is added for buttonholes, to avoid cutting wool thicknesses. Adjustable sizing is possible by placing buttons either on seam edge or half inch-one inch further towards back than the exact side.