Part Three - Skirt Comparison
We've looked at the construction and bodice piece differences, today we'll look at the skirt pieces. Like yesterday, we're still comparing the vintage pattern drafted a for a 34 bust and the reissue in size 12.
We'll look at the full skirts first, and then the straight skirt.
- The first thing you'll notice is the shape of the top edge of the skirt, for either pattern the top edges follows the curve on the bottom of the bodice pieces.
- You'll also notice that 1734 appears to be smaller than 3673. I've measured the final garment measurements, and for 1734 the waist is 28.25"; for 3673 it is 31". Interesting difference there. (The final garment measurement for the hip doesn't matter, since this is a full skirt.) The darts are wider for 3673, which is part of the reason it appears larger.
- The vintage pattern is also longer. While both patterns are equally full, each is drafted with the fullness in a different place; in 1734 it is in the front, while in 3673 it is in the back.
- The back of the full skirt is similar. Notice difference in the length of the darts. The size of the darts is different, too. For 3673 all the darts are the same width (1"), but for 1734, the one closest to center back is small (5/8") with the other two being (7/8")
- The straight skirt is really similar, as far as shape through the waist/hip area. The final garment waist for 1734 is 28"; for 3673 it is 30". The final garment hip measurement for the 1734 is 40", while 3673 is 40.5". While the hip isn't much different, those two inches in the waist go a long way to promote that hourglass figure!
- While the width of these darts is the same, the length is longer on 3673.
- The skirt is longer for 3673. In the photo below you can see the vent extension on the side seam for the side vents of 1734.
Parting Shot: A Praying Mantis! I spotted him yesterday while outside. I took the green silk outside to see if I could get a better shot of the color (which I didn't) and saw him on my way back in.