“Madness, anyhow. And a queer madness too! You wouldn’t think there was anyone living at this time of day who had such a hatred of Napoleon the First that he would break any image of him that he could see.”
My Chapter 1 (the corset) is still a work in progress – a bit of editing is needed before it’s ready for publication so I’m making a start on chapter 2 – the skirt.
Ideas and tutorials on how to re-create the skirt are thankfully fast becoming available on the Interweb:
Ernie K – double box pleat, godet pleat, single pleat, bias end pleat. All wonderfully origami’d from butcher’s paper
Sew2Pro has enlisted the very welcome assistance of Anita from Studio Faro for skirt analysis and drafting. Anita will be providing three methods of drafting the skirt. The first is available on Sew2Pro’s blog now.
Pattern Pandemonium has overtaken us all with this.
Even Dogstar, the original designers, are in on the act but keeping the skirt’s secret close to their chests. Facebook here
Let’s look at the skirt and its major features: this image is of a Dogstar skirt that has been colour adjusted not the actual Six Napoleon dress but it’s kinda the same.
- one long pointy bit off-centre front (assume same at back): connects at centre-side seam on corset: inverted pleat
- higher hemline at sides: mix of small inverted pleats and single pleats/folds
- at least 4″ hem for weight
- has appearance of a gathered flared skirt, so narrower at waist than hemline?
- follows line of corset: longest point of corset is shortest length on skirt: inverted pleat
- double layered skirt
In the twilight of just-before-sleep-thoughts I came up with this:
So I tested it. I don’t have professional drafting paraphernalia like a quarter sized mannequin but I do have a (rather dusty) Storm Trooper.
Pointy bit is too long. Scissors out and trimmed a bit off.
Better. Drape is way off as this was knocked up in a bit of cotton jersey but I think the essence is there. Do you?
Un-skirted the Storm Trooper, unpicked the tacks and this is the shape
I’m sure there’s some sort of geometrical formula at work here between side seam length and long pointy bit (technical term!), and the waist width and size of pleats. All I have to do is figure it out. Or I could just make version one and whack a bit off. Works for me………
“Thank you!” said Holmes. “Thank you!” and as he turned away it seemed to me that he was more nearly moved by the softer human emotions than I had ever seen him. A moment later he was the cold and practical thinker once more. “Put the pearl in the safe, Watson,” said he, “and get out the papers of the Conk-Singleton forgery case. Goodbye, Lestrade. If any little problem comes your way I shall be happy, if I can, to give you a hint or two as to its solution.”