Here is my design I will be working on… post some new pictures when I am done.
First need to add the waistband on to the skirt. Make sure to iron the edges down and then iron again when its flat over the bottom edge like so.
Sew it in place
Next I will be finishing the bottom on the skirt I will be flat lining.
The pattern I’m using is by Truly Victorian
1883 August Overskirt – TV365
Before I get started my material is pretty wrinkled and I want to have a crisp look. I spray it with light mist of water then iron over it. Here you can see the difference one side is iron without water the other is.
Cut out pieces and sew apron front to sides fronts.
Iron hem then pin before you sew it can give you a cleaner line.
Fold pleats in front apron, bringing bottom of pleat mark to meet top of pleat mark. Baste pleats in place. Pleats should fold upward on correct side of fabric. Sorry didn’t have a picture with this skirt.
Now to create a placket
Fold back placket in half lengthwise, right sides together.
Fold placket piece open and press in place
On the left hand side of skirt, matching raw edges at top and side. I didn’t really like their instructions so I did mine a little different.
After sewing each side of the placket I then sew the side seam up to the top of the placket about an inch past the edge to make it stay in place. You can see here one of the upper pleats in the apron. From making pervious.
Here you can see the top and bottom of the skirt doesn’t match. This is because the back is a lot longer due to later I will be making poufs. I did follow the seam down and folded in to finish the side seam.
Now to move on to making the pleats in the back of the skirt.
To get everything just right I measure how long it is. Depending on how big I want to make my pleats I make sure to find the middle first.
For the center pleat I make it each side half of the original size lets say an inch. so each side is half-inch which is brought in from under side. By doing this you give a center point and each side of pleats have a right direction and a left direction. Make sure to pin it a couple of places.
Showing you half pleat how it’s tucked under itself.
Now for each pleat I measure it to be the same size for. I’m working on the right direction. Pin and Iron it helps so much. It hard to get a nice line but due to these strips it help me a lot to get a nice line to follow.
Finish with the right side you can see all the pleats are going the right direction.
Now I’m taking my pleat to gather from the left side to tuck under. You should follow the same direction and measuring each one.
Finally finished Look how you can see the middle pleat that sits on the top and the others right and left follow that direction of the pleat.
Now its time to baste them in place. You want to go slow. The can move and come untucked so slow and moved pins out one at a time.
Now they are basted I sprayed some water on them and iron the heck out of them so the pleats will set in good. Once I’m happy with the way the look I will sew them for good.
Once both sides are sewn and back is all pleated you can sew on the waist band.
Make sure to leave about 1/2″ on each side over the edge of skirt for later closing.
This pattern is from Truly Victorian TV261-R
It’s a 1885 Four-Gore Underskirt
Make sure if you are working with a 100% Cotton you wash and dry it before you cut it. This way it won’t shrink at all and you can make it fit you perfectly. As always cut out your pattern pieces and serge or use a different stitch to hold the edging from unraveling.
For the front piece make to darts and iron to the inside.
Depending on which style you like to do for this skirt it can be with a bustle or not. You have an Optional Bouffant if you like. I will show you how to do this but I’m not going to make mine this way. Just showing you if you like to.
First sew darts into front and sides on the panels of the skirt shown here. Pinning them in place make sure it hang correctly. Make sure the darts face toward the back.
Sew back to sides and remember to iron your seams open
On the left side, end seam 8 to 9″ from waist and back-stitch. to form a packet by turning open edge under 1/2″ and top stitch down.
Now you need to either gather back with a baste stitch or make pleats in the back. (I will show you later)
You will sewn waistband on skirt and leave a 1″ on both sides at the placket flat.
After doing this you will cut 3 tapes approx. 20″ long. hand stitch tapes to waistband, one at the center back and one at waist side, half way between center back side seam.
You will pin back to the tapes were indicated on pattern, so that each mark is lifted 6″ up the tape. Adjust pouf to personal preference. Hand stitch in desired location. This step is easiest to do while skirt is hanging or on a dress form. I changed mine to what ever way to make it look more natural. Use safety pins when doing this so it will stay on the tape better.
Ok now moving on to the way I decided to make my skirt. It says to pleat the back panel. (I will show you how to in the overskirt directions.
This is the under side of the pleats.
To make sure my pleats will stay uniform and after washing I sewn about two inches on each placket down on the opening side.
After this its time to put the waistband on the skirt leaving an inch on each side. Moving on to the hem the skirt.
Finish the hem by folding the bottom edge under 1/2″ and again 1″. Now stitch in place. When I do this I always iron it first to give it a more crisp line.
For me I wanted to make small pleats for the bottom ruffle. This is very time-consuming but I really like how it looks and its historical correct for this time period.
Sew all the pieces of ruffles sides together to form a one long piece.
Hem the bottom edge by turning under 1/2″ and again 1/2″ and sew down. For the top turn it down 1/2″ down and iron it in place.
Now for the fun stuff.
This is called a perfect pleater. Depending on what with you would like for your pleats it baste on how man tuck per line. I decided to do ever two.. It give is a bigger pleat. It takes a little practice but once you figure it out it really easy to do. To keep your pleats in you can use water and a small amount of vinegar. It really keep the pleats in. Before you remove them to sew. I used some masking tape to hold them in place.
It’s very tricky to baste them in place as they want to move on you, so hold down your tape and watch the underside to keep the folds uniform.
wow finally done it took me two hours but I really like how they will look on the skirt.