So, I've finally finished the third skirt in my Wool Skirt Trilogy, the other two of which are here and here, with pictures of one of them actually worn here. These two photos were taken after I'd worn this skirt all morning, sitting scrunched up in church and the car, hence the multitude of creases.
but also the panel skirt you asked for.
Do you see the slight flare in the side seams?
And in the front and back
(which is easier to see here when Fleur is wearing the skirt because she isn't twisting like a pretzel to take photos of herself in the mirror)?
Here's a twisty shot to show more shaping - this time in that blue back panel seam. Shaping emphasizes the subtle flare of the hem; if the entire skirt is baggy, nobody will notice any flare anywhere unless it is very pronounced. Which defeats the purpose of shaping!
There's so much I want to share with you about getting your skirts to sit just right on your behind
and drape that hollow at the small of your back, which is possibly your most flattering skirt area, regardless of the shape of your other regions.
I wanted to get some photos before the snow came so I dragged out our only full-length mirror in the house and propped it up on our deck on probably the coldest day we've had here in a while. Sorry about the funny angles and whatnot - it's really hard to take photos of oneself in a mirror, especially when one is trying to capture fitting issues rather than just fashion shots. I get the husband to do those instead- like the first two photos of this post - just so you can see my face.
I love this skirt. People say A-line skirts are the most universally flattering design, but I beg to differ. Try the slightly-flared panel skirt, People: drapes the hip and flares just the very tinest below the thigh, so there are curves in all the places you want. You might never wear a shapeless A-line again (that coming from the person whose most-recently-sewn other 2 wool skirts were shapeless A-lines).
I'll deconstruct it for you in the next post.; this one is already so photo-heavy. I'll just finish by showing you random angled shots of Fleur modeling the skirt.
Back view - concealed zipper and those two back panel seams, into which the waist darts are integrated. Nothing out of the ordinary.
Side view showing the slight flare of the hem. Note that the side seams of properly-drafted (and fitted) skirts must fall vertically and lie exactly between the front and back halves of the body. This can only happen if the waist and hip measurements are measured separately for the front and back of the body. If any skirt-block-drafting tutorial or book teaches you to measure the waist and hip circumferences and divide those by two and then add random numbers (e.g. 1/2") to them to draft the front and back patterns, um... it might be best to get a second opinion.
Check back tomorrow for the deconstruction drafting tutorial!