Draping a robe a la francaise, or sacque. An eight part series! Click the tag or go to the tutorial page for links to all parts.
Next up, the side seams and skirt pleats!
First, pin the skirt pieces to the back piece. The skirt should start about an inch above the waist--this makes it easy to hide the pleats in the side seam. The pictures show this from both the right and wrong sides.
Sew the seams for a few inches--just enough so you can pleat the sides. These are easy to finish later, but pleating pinned seams could get frustrating :)
Now it's time for the front piece. Pin it to the armscye to anchor it.
Sew the front of the side skirt piece to the front piece in the same way the back piece was sewn.
Mark the center of the side skirt piece.
Make a stacked box pleat. The center of this is the spot marked with a pin above.
Slip that pleat over the lining.
Fold the seam allowance of the front piece over to create a lapped seam, and pin into place. The side seam and pleats are done!