When I embarked on the journey to have a bedskirt made, I made the decision pretty early on to have it custom-made by an experienced seamstress. That turned out to be a very smart decision. By the time it was completed, my seamstress, Elizabeth, had begun affectionately referring to it as “The Beast.”
Elizabeth is a professional seamstress and makes window treatments and bedding for designers and her own clients. Even with all that experience, this skirt kept her awake a few nights as she noodled out some of the challenges it posed.
The problem was really a convergence of three main issues:
- The weight/thickness of the fabric (it’s a combination of linen and cotton and quite heavy)
- The size/length of the skirt (the drop is a full 25 inches)
- The fullness of the skirt (since I wanted it super full, Elizabeth suggested 4x gathering instead of the standard 2 1/2)
If this skirt posed a dilemma for Elizabeth with her professional sewing room and commercial grade equipment, can you just imagine me trying to sew this monster on my little Brother sewing machine? I would probably be writing this while wearing a wig because I’m pretty sure I’d be bald from all the hair-pulling that would have taken place.
Today I thought I’d give you a behind the scenes look at the technique Elizabeth used to tame “The Beast” in case you ever run into this while sewing a bedskirt or while having one made.
Because the fabric is of a hefty weight and because there is just so blooming much of it, the weight of the fabric across the end of the skirt tended to pull the skirt downward toward the foot of the bed. The sides were fine because they pulled on each other in opposite directions.
Normally a bedskirt, custom or not, doesn’t have a band across the top as seen here. Usually the platform (the off-white fabric in the center) just continues to the end at the top/headboard area.
Elizabeth added the band because in order to compensate for the weight of the bedskirt fabric at the foot of the bed, she decided to add a weight bar to the top of the bedskirt. Elizabeth said weight bars are sometimes used in window treatments and can be purchased in most hardware stores. She encased the heavy metal weight bar in a sleeve she sewed for it from the tartan fabric.
The bar attaches to the top of the bedskirt with velcro and it keeps the skirt perfectly in place at all times.
If you’re wondering about the use of those corkscrew pins, I had specifically requested those not be used because the corkscrew pins can easily damage fabric. I’ve experienced this in the past with other bedskirts. They probably wouldn’t have worked in this case anyway due to the weight of the fabric.
Elizabeth agreed and I think her solution is brilliant! She liked the look of this skirt with the band along the top so much, she told me that she plans to start making all her bedskirts this way. She was also happy to have found a solution for dealing with really heavy, full, long bedskirts. I hope this information helps if you ever run into a similar situation.
Love the look of tartan for the bed. This tartan bedding is available here: Tartan Bedding.
You can read more about this tartan bedding and how I chose it for my winter bedding in this post: Dressing the Bed in Tartan, Ralph Lauren Inspired