– My skirt! – and my journey in drafting of the pattern and making up of the garment.
It is one thing to draft a basic skirt block and run it up in calico, and quite another to meet Annie’s criteria for our first design brief in pattern making.
The brief- design a skirt with two yokes both asymmetrical. The skirt must also include ‘flare’.
In Annie’s classes the term flare should be interpreted in two ways….
The flare or design element of a gradual spread outward in form and the flair or panache of a design. In Annie’s words ‘not pedestrian or boring’!
Just designing any skirt for someone who hasn’t worn a skirt for a long, long time was a bit daunting, but two asymmetric yokes and flare while including flair?
The lady knows what she is doing as I learnt so much about making a pattern from this one task. Not only about making this pattern but about how I could apply the learning to future projects.
The journey involved the best placement of design lines so that a pleasing balance of sections was achieved and also involved understanding the amount of flare required to make a statement.
Once the pattern passed approval I couldn’t wait to make it up. I knew I wanted the base fabric to be black heavy seeded cotton (from my stash) but how to get the ‘flair’ was a challenge. Ultimately there had to be some sort of contrast involving either texture or colour or both.
Another visit to the stash and I had to decide whether to use the possibilities of paisley, awesome animal, autumnal oranges or luscious leaves.
In the end paisley, animal and leaves seemed to be a perfect choice as long as I kept the colours limited to blacks and whites.Front of my skirt
Reflecting on the final product I felt that I needed to make the second yoke come in closer to center front and that the printed patches were perhaps a bit too busy.
Detailed side view of my skirt.
However most of the class members thought I should leave the patches.
Basically I am happy with my skirt and have actually worn it in public a few times. I want to use the pattern again with a few modifications.
Thanks Annie for planning a task so full of learning and challenges.