Gathered Skirt with Waistband

Gathered Skirt with Waistband

Gathered Skirt with Waistband

This lesson will teach you how to drape a short, full, gathered skirt. You will learn how to prepare your muslin for draping and then how to balance the skirt grain, so that your skirt hangs perfectly. In addition, we share secrets on how to make better gathers and then how to finish off the skirt by drafting a waistband. This timeless skirt is easy and quick to drape.

Once you’ve mastered the short, full skirt, move on to our other skirt lessons.

Module Description Step
1 Prepare Dress Form 1-2
2 Prepare Muslin & Mark Guidelines 1-5
3 Skirt Prep 1-4
4 Draping Skirt 1-12
5 Skirt Marking & Trueing 1-13
6 Skirt Waistband 1-13
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MODULE 1 • Prepare Dress Form

Step Description
1 Begin this lesson by measuring the desired length of your gathered skirt from below the dress form’s waist tape. Record that measurement. Here we have chosen a 22” (55.9cm) length skirt.
2 Style tape your hip at 7” (17.8cm) down from the bottom of the waist tape. You can check that your hip style tape is level by resting an L Square on the table, and finding the number on the ruler that corresponds to center front at the bottom of the hip tape. Your style tape should align at that number, as you turn the dress form, from front to back. Make any adjustment to the tape, as needed, so that the hipline is parallel to the table and to the floor.

MODULE 2 • Prepare Muslin & Mark Guidelines

Step Description
1 Prepare 2 muslin skirt panels measuring 24” (61cm) in the width grain, by the desired skirt length plus 4” (10.2cm) for the lengthwise grain.


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