Last month, I spent a few hours practicing draping and pleating on my dressform, Pinhead. (Yes, I named my dressform.) Basically, I pleated, pinned, took a million pics, unpinned, and started over (x10). It was really fun. I didn’t sew anything, though I really like some of the results and hope to use the ideas later.
You can’t quite tell in the pictures because I was creative with how I took the pictures, but each piece of fabric is multiple yards long. In the set where there’s three colors of fabric, it’s about … 10 yards in total. The green skirt is five yards of hideous, prom-dress worthy fabric. The sheer tonnage of fabric is problematic for actual sewing because you end up with this huge lump of fabric on the side. So there are some kinks that need to get worked out before I can really sew any of these skirts.
Anyway, have fun looking at pretty pictures. Click on the images for full-size images and the full descriptions.
this was one of my first ideas. All of the pleats are in the same direction, pulling from the same direction.
a few adjustments later from a slightly different angle. I ran out of fabric which is why it’s so short
here I took the excess fabric that built up at the sides and pleated it out the other way which made that almost flowery look
that take from the front – you can see how the pleats angle up a bit and there’s a scalloped edge almost at the bottom
I wish I got more pics of this skirt because I’d like to adapt it into a steampunk skirt. I took the same idea of opening up the pleats as in the last red take but didn’t repleat it, if that makes any sense at all
I went back to the concept from the first takes with the red fabric and did it with about three times as much. I like the effect and really want to make it into a ballgown (wouldn’t that be cool?)
same take, from the front – can’t you imagine it billowing out into a huge ballgown? Or is that just me?
so this one is a whole lot simpler, but I like the way it hangs