Time for everyone’s favorite subject!
So, I plan for my skirt to have 3 flounces. How much fabric does each need?
My waist – floor measurement is a bit less than 36 inches. The petticoat will add a bit more and the back is probably longer than the front, but let’s go with 36″ for simplicity.
So, dividing by 3 gives 12″ per flounce.
Not done yet. I want each flounce to overlap the one below it, so the base skirt (made of cotton) doesn’t show beneath them. Especially since I’ll be doing a whole lot of twirly dancing in this skirt. 3 inches should be a good amount of overlap, so we’re now up to 15″.
Done? NOPE. Let’s not forget (as I often do) the concept of seam allowance. I’m going to cord-gather the flounces so I need another inch bit at top to fold over.
That brings us to 21 inches for each flounce. Victorian dresses do tend to eat fabric for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
A quick calculation for length. My skirt base is ~135″ wide ( 3 widths of 45″ fabric minus seam allowance. TBH it could stand to be wider, but I didn’t feel like cutting fabric in half.). The top tier will match the top of the skirt, so 135″. The lower two tiers will be 25% bigger than the skirt width, so 168.75 each.
And each of those is going to be cut on the bias. FUN.