Say hello to the newest Scroop Pattern: the Fantail Skirt, a gorgeous skirt with a flirty fan of back pleats inspired by New Zealand’s beloved fantail, or pīwakawaka, and late Victorian and Edwardian skirts styles.
The Fantail is a particularly exciting pattern for me: not only is it the first historical Scroop Pattern, it’s also a two-parter, with a full-length historical version, accurate to 1890-1910, and a just-below-the knee modern version (and I love them both!).
The Historical version is based on my personal 5-gored late-Victorian/Edwardian skirt pattern, with a fan of back pleats that always make people say “Oooh!” and “How do you do that!” When I launched Scroop Patterns I knew it was one of the patterns I wanted to make available, but I wanted to be sure you got the most accurate version possible.
So I’ve been collection skirt patterns from 1890-1910, and studying every skirt from that period that I can access. I’ve combined all of these into one pattern with all the best features. It’s the perfect basis for so many fashions from the last decade of the 19th century, and the first decade of the 20th, and the perfect basis for so many pattern hacks, from petticoats to big swooshy Edwardian skirts – and of course I’ll be showing you some of them!
The Historical pattern was specifically designed to be an easy starting point for the novice historical sewist, with the same detailed instructions you’d expect from any Scroop Pattern, and additional historical information to help you create a period-accurate skirt of your own.
As I worked on the Historical pattern, I kept coming back to the original idea behind Scroop Patterns: using history to create modern fashions. I began playing with the Historical pattern, to see if I couldn’t come up with a modern version. I did, and I’m very pleased with the result, as were my testers. I hope you will be too!
The Modern Fantail features sewn down pleats, rather than loose pleats, and modern construction techniques, with addition of a few more interesting and polished finishing techniques than you find in most modern sewing.
I had a really fantastic group of test subjects for the Fantail, including a novice sewist for whom the Modern Fantail was their first attempt at an invisible zip, and a historical newbie who had never attempted a placket opening before the Historical Fantail. They both succeeded and made beautiful versions based off the instructions – which are now even better thanks to the input of all the testers!
You can buy both the Historical and the Modern pattern as a combined package, or, to make it really easy (and affordable) if your sewing is purely modern, or purely historical, just one or the other.