A recent event had me a busily sewing a skirt which I could wear with my new corset. Much deliberation with a friend had me finally decide to make something inspired by this long fishtail skirt
I started out with dress pattern Simplicity 1541 to give me the fit I required for the top of the skirt. I made a calico mock up of the longer skirt and then extended each gore of the skirt with more fabric to add the floor length fishtail. I also tapered in the original pattern substantially around my knees to create a figure hugging style.
It all came along rather well until I realised that the amount I’d taken the skirt in around my knees meant that I couldn’t pull my skirt up to attend calls of nature. I remedied this by widening the black layer a little and by ending the seam of the red top layer a couple of inches higher. It could also be fixed by sewing with stretch fabrics in the first place.
The skirt is made of two layers, the hip area of each layer being identical. This will fit together when the skirt is complete.
The top layer is shorter than the bottom one and not flared to the same degree. I have split it up the back and added a satin bias binding around the bottom. Hemming flared fabric is just too difficult for me to contemplate.
The bottom layer started out with the same cut as the top, but longer. I then added large wedge shaped fabric pieces in the lower side seams of the skirt to add volume. The layers of ruffled lace at the back have been sewn onto another large wedge and fitted into the back seam. I also finished the lower edge of the bottom layer with ruffled lace. The lace I chose was 5 1/2″ wide and I gathered it using a ruffler foot. I worked using 3:1 ratio of gathering. I’m so in love with my ruffler foot! Makes gathering a breeze.
Apologies for my dodgy drawings, but hopefully they make sense of how I described the construction of each layer.
Once the two layers were complete I basted them together and attached to a waistband. I then inserted corset grommets for the lacing down the back. There is no zip on the skirt – I have to lace myself in and out of the skirt. The lacing is open at both the top and bottom.
All in all, I’m very happy with the result. And had a fabulous night out with the girls while wearing it.