The simplest skirt in the world to draft is a rectangle. The pattern goes something like this:
Technically, I should be adding should be adding a 1/4″ seam allowance to each end. That would make good mathematical sense, however, I’ve never found that I missed the fabric that got involved in the seam allowance in a skirt like this. One half inch out of nineteen is really not a lot….
I sew together the short ends of the rectangle, then turn down the top at 1/2″ and stitch to form a drawstring casing. I thread a little cord through, and I get this:
The problem with a rectangular skirt, of course, is that there’s the same amount of fabric at both the top and the bottom. It’s the equivalent of belting a large caftan, tunic, or other T shaped garment at your waist. If you’re whippet thin and wearing something made of fine fabric, you look all flowy and delicate. The rest of us look rather like we’re wearing the wrong size tent – all that extra bulk hulking about the middle doesn’t follow the fashionable silhouette of most historical periods, including the one we live in. (The elastic waistband is the modern equivalent to the drawstring waist. We all know what those will do to a girl…)
Next: Drafting the Circle Skirt….