I also looked at lots of images of 1890s skirts, trying to work out how to get what is basically a gored, A line shape, fuller at the back from…squares. These things are not going to make up obligingly into A shapes. Nope. Not gonna happen.
Then it came to me. Maths.
My hips, corsetted are about 44-45″. I plan to do some [undecided] draping over this skirt, so the quilting does not need to come above hip height. This will also make for less bulk at the middle, never a bad thing! If I make 5 9″ wide rectangular panels, I can put plain black gores between them to give the sweep of skirt that I want. I think. Because of the weight of the quilted sections, I will probably need to make the gores double.
I think this will work. The maths does anyway!
Each panel needs to be about 36″ from hip to floor. My little square are about 3″ across. So each panel needs 36 squares, and 5 x 36 is 180. That means roughly [aargh] 45 hours of handsewing the little black squares. I haven’t timed how long it takes to add the coloured bits yet. So far, I have eight completed…
Right, I’m going back in.