If you have a basic pencil skirt pattern you like to work with, the kind that has just a front and a back dart, you can make this draft. I’m drafting a 4-gore middy skirt with a scalloped hem for the aqua blue voile in my summer wardrobe (it needs a good name). Today I’m working with Harriet Pepin.
Start with the front. Trace your basic pattern or your block.
Draw a straight line through the dart to the hem. Be sure the line is parallel to the CF line. Cut out the dart. Slice along the line you just drew. Bring the two edges of the dart together, which opens up the bottom with a flare. At this point, I use a little tape to hold everything down.
Put another piece of paper or polytrace on top. Trace the new shape. At the hem, I drew a straight line across the area I spread. The hem is neither straight nor curved. Add seam allowances.
I straightened out the sides for no reason other than I misread the diagram. It made sense at the time. At any rate, this is a breezy summer skirt so I think it will work out fine to have extra ease in that area. I plan to bind the top edge, double-layered like a quilter. It will be lined with cream colored cotton, which I’ll edge with lace.
I used a squashed roll of tape to help me draw my scallops. The plan is for the lace to work as a layer behind the scallops. If it’s all a little tragic, I can cut it off.
The plan is to stitch this up over the weekend, though I’ve been quite sick and it’s taken me two days to write this post. So perhaps I’ll lie around in bed.