Okay, I still can't draw, and this time I even used a ruler. Sort of.
But anyway, here's my sketch of the skirt part of the dress I want to make. This represents half of the skirt--there will be two of these. For simplicity's sake, let's just call this the skirt front, shall we?
I started by drawing a half circle at the top. This is the part that will be sewn to the bodice. I will measure out the desired length and cut myself a piece of fabric.
The shell shapes (a complete shell in the center front, and two half shells shown for each side) are the sewing lines where I will attach the ruffles. The gathering foot for my machine will get a real workout on this one. The finished skirt will have four sets of shell ruffles (center front, center back, and one on each side).
Aren't you admiring the cute little flounce I drew on the bottom edge? That's the separate ruffle underlay shown in orange on the original dress. I haven't decided how to attach that piece yet.
The photo also shows a band applied to the bottom of the main skirt body. That's that thin little strip I drew right above the ruffle. I plan to cut a bias strip and essentially bind that bottom edge of the main skirt.
Yes, I know that means I will be sewing a bias strip to the bottom of a bias skirt, but what can I say? I just love me a good challenge!
If you have any ideas, or suggestions, please speak up! The only thing I love more than a challenge is a comment.
I'm off to smock some little sleeves.