Hi Folks!

I was planning on making a full circle skirt for this weeks projects and RTW fast, but I somehow got sidetracked and found myself drafting a pattern for a pleated skirt. I have never worn a pleated skirt before, nor have I worn polka dots in black and white. It has a straight waistband, which I think is super flattering because it gives the illusion of  shorter torso and longer legs. This helps because I am only 5’4″ 🙂

This skirt has box pleats and they are so fun! I paired it with a simple v- neck tee and a pair of black pumps. I can certainly see myself wearing this over and over again, but I will wait for warmer weather.

I can see myself making a few more of these, maybe one is a solid cobalt blue, and one in red.  I have included the design details below, if you are interested in making this skirt.

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PATTERN: I drafted the pattern myself. There are only 2 pattern pieces needed to make this skirt. I will be doing a tutorial on how to draft this skirt to your own measurements, so if you are interested in learning, please subscribe to my blog.

If you don’t want to make your own pattern, but want to make something similar, then you can use a Mccalls Pattern 6706.

SEWING: The construction of this skirt involves cutting the fabric, applying interfacing to the waistband, creating the box pleats on the skirt, attaching the skirt to the waist band and then finally inserting the zipper, and finishing the hem.  I will be doing a step by step tutorial so please subscribe to my blog if you are interested in learning.

SUPPLIES:  Fabric, pattern, 7 to 9 inch zipper, thread and sewing machine. If you are drafting your own pattern, you will also need a straight ruler, pattern paper, markers and a measuring tape.

I hope you enjoyed reading this and I hope this inspires you to sew and make something for yourself. See you next time and until then.. Happy Sewing 🙂

XOXO

 

14 Comments on Polka Dots and Pleats

  1. Hi, can you tell what type of fabric YOU used to make this skirt. A lot of times, the outcome of a good or near perfect product is the fabric. Thanks

    • HI Marva! Agree- fabric choice is very important. I used the only black and white polka dot fabric I could find at Joanns. It was not in the apparel section, I found it in the quilting section. The fabric is cotton, and on the stiff side. Its not as wide as apparel fabric, but that was not a problem for me since I used the width of the fabric as the length of my skirt (ie- I cut it on the opposite grain). Also- remember that the key to getting defined pleats is pressing them well. See my article here on pressing..

      http://fashionbehindtheseams.com/2015/03/31-pressing/

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