Normally, I just cut two rectangles of fabric using the whole width of the fabric in my skirts. However, I attended the Tudor Tailor workshop on Saturday (!), and decided to take what I learned to my dress.
Period widths of linen could be around 45″, and silk was often 18″-22″! So narrow! I’m not insane enough to cut my 60″ fabric into thirds, just to approximate that. However, that did mean skirts were always pieced, since it just wasn’t possible to cut a panel wide enough. Also, fabric was expensive back then, much more so than labor – so the goal was to use fabric with absolute minimal waste.
Inspired by my learnings, you can see here I am trying to use up as much fabric as possible, which means that overhanging front pattern piece will be cut out separately and sewn on, leaving a slightly odd seam on the front of my skirt. But a slightly odd period seam, and that makes all the difference.
And an obligatory cat shot (seriously, how is sitting on that yardstick comfortable?)