Thursday, March 29, 2012

How To Draft A Peg Skirt, Part One

The peg skirt is back!
Everywhere I look, I keep running into peg skirts.

They are rather unmistakable, small at the waist, flared out at the hips and then narrow at the hem line.A peg skirt is quite easy to draft.
This will be the first of a two part post. Today I will show you how to start the draft of a peg skirt. Next Tuesday I will finish the draft and show you my finished skirt as well. The skirt that we will draft will have a yoke, pleats and a side pocket. The finished skirt will be similar to the skirt pictured above.
Begin with a basic straight skirt pattern.
Next, draw in the yoke line. At the side seam the yoke line is 3" below the waist and at center front the yoke line is 4 1/2" below the waistline.
Now we will draw in our pleat lines. The first line is 2 1/2" away from center front. The second line is 1 1/2" away from the first pleat line.
Now we will start to have some fun and draw in our pocket lines. The pocket is actually going to stand away from the skirt.
Measure 9" down from the waistline. At this point come out 1 1/2" as you see in the picture above. The depth of the pocket should be 5 1/2". The line closest to the side seam is 2 1/2" away from the side seam. The second line is 1 1/2" away from the first line. Connect the lines as you see above and round off the edge of the pocket.
In the next post, I will show you how to take all the pieces apart and make the final patterns. It may look a little complicated at this point, but once the pieces are pulled apart, I think you will be able to see just how easy this actually is. This really makes a great little skirt, perfect for light weight summer fabrics as well as heavier winter fabrics.

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  1. I'm kind of interested in the idea of a peg dress - it might create the illusion that I have a waist! Thanks for the drafting assistance.