Inspiration started with the velvet. Then envisaged with the wool cummerbund due to the lilac/beige colour harmony. Floral voile insets also chosen for colour harmony. An experimentation challenge with ‘V’ shaped cummerbund (lined) and cutting skirt sections to hang from the diagonal.
Skirt No. 1 has 4 inserts (great for dancing); skirt No. 2 has just 2, front and back. Skirt No. 1 has butterfly print hem frill, skirt No. 2 has cream lining frill.
Plum velvet skirt No. 2 side insertion of invisible zip.
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
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
Snip inside waist top seams including
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.