With fashion weeks all wrapped up, we show you how to make your own couture skirt with a basic midi number! Paris fashion week has always a way of reminding us to be more chic and creative , so we took inspiration from this season’s Dior collection and Giambatista Valli’s red flared dress for AW16, to turn a very common high-street skirt into a unique sculptural piece.
We picked a full skirt, the kind that blows out with the slightest bit of wind, to have enough fabric to create maximum dramatic effect. Second we picked a bold and unforgettable colour in poppy red and chose a cotton-blend fabric that is easy to manipulate. If you are comfortable with sewing and tailoring, nothing prevents you from going for a heavier fabric.
Armed with a few safety pins and some red thread and a needle , we created this rose-effect shape with a high-low cut for maximum sculptural effect. Scroll down to the bottom for the full DIY couture tutorial.
We carried off the skirt in two ways: the first look with a tone-on-tone look of Lilac and Red with a key focus on strappy sandals: this pair by Schutz is sold out , you can find some similar alternatives in the shopping carousel at the bottom of the post. Top by H&M, customised cotton poplin skirt by Zara.
The second look has more of a Rebel edge with a cropped leather jacket by Karen Millen, crop top by Alice & Olivia and vintage black leather sandals by Camilla Skovgaard.
All of the above photos were shot by Tarynn Walker on a very windy day.
Here is in 4 simple steps how we created this customised sculptural couture skirt:
Step 1: decide whether you want to create a symmetrical effect or a random more organic one… in this particular case, we went for symmetry, to create a high-low effect and offset a slightly shorter length at the front.
Step 2: lay out and fan out your skirt flat on a surface , the way that you would be wearing it, or if you prefer , put your skirt on and use your body as a live mannequin. Draw an imaginary parallel line going down from the center of your skirt to either side. If you would like to make your skirt shorter and more raised in the front, try to pull up the top point. Use bobby pins or safety pins to mark your reference points.
Step 3: draw a second imaginery parallel line towards the hem of the skirt and find your reference points.
Step 4: using a box of small safety pins, raise the reference points on the bottom line, lifting them up to the parallel reference point on the top line and pin those two points together.
Step 5: proceed with each reference point until you have a lovely raised effect.
Step 6: hang your skirt and make some adjustments as you see fit to get the right raise angle and symmetry. Once you are convinced of the shape and silhouette of the skirt, stitch the points tightly and remove the safety pins as you go along … And there it is! your own couture sculptural skirt for about $45.