Monday, December 19, 2011
Pleated Skirt -- Finished!
That's because I traced, cut, and sewed it almost entirely for the FNSI. Rarely am I able to complete a project from start to finish in a single sitting, but it happened with this one.
Almost never do I wear short skirts. I am 5'2" barely, and frankly, short skirts usually make me look even shorter than I really am. And I was kind of afraid this pattern would make me look too much like a teenager.
I actually surprised myself with how much I like it.
I've always been in love the pleated/kilt type skirts, but I also always had this idea that they wouldn't look good on me. I decided to make one to settle the question once and for all knowing full well that I might end up with a skirt that I wasn't going to keep.
The fabric is a milk chocolate cotton twill bottom weight, probably bought from Fabric.com sometime in the last year or two. It's your standard staple fabric, not particularly special but good quality.
I chose view E for the pleats and the belt at the front yoke, but I didn't favor the 3 inch wide belt thing with the gargantuan buckle. Instead, I used 2 buckles with a 1 inch inside measurement and 2 "belts".
And I traced, cut, and sewed a straight 7/8. The only other real difference between my skirt and the drafted one is that I folded the pleats toward the center front instead of toward the side seams -- somehow I like that configuration better. I also stitched the folds 1/8th inch from the edge to make the pleats stay put.
The only disappointment is that the back is not pleated at all--it's just a plain a-line skirt back. Hm. No matter. I like it just the way it is. A pleated back might lend just enough cheerleader-iness to make this skirt not work for me, so I think I'll leave well enough alone.