Added Apr 7, 2009
I created this skirt for an event in Washington DC called the Helen Hayes Awards Gala, and that we all call the “Drama Prom”.
After looking at the Louis Vuitton Fall 2009 RTW at style.com, I decided I wanted a short skirt with pleats and some fullness, narrowing towards the knees.
The Maria provided a great base to work off of. I shortened the pattern, added a medium-stiff interlining, and lined the skirt (I drafted my own lining pattern because the lining did not need the fullness of the pleats).
I did not sew down the pleats, but left them full. I made a four-panel skirt, rather than two panels, and put the zipper in the back; that was something of a mistake, because there was a lot of bulk at the waistband where the pleats met in the middle. It’s manageable but I don’t think I’d do it again that way.
I also wasn’t as careful about redrafting the hem of the skirt as I should have been, and wasted a lot of time getting the hemline even; I would be MUCH more careful next time about that.
Wool crepe fabric, stiff interlining (maybe a polyester organza? It was from the stash), rayon lining, invisible zipper.
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