If you’ve been to the home page and read a little about me, you already know how much I love Halloween. However it isn’t for everyone, for example you may work somewhere where dressing up isn’t an option. Or even worse your company may allow it but your boss frowns upon it.
This year I won’t be going all out at work with a costume but I would still like to tip my hat to Halloween. I have some Star Trek fabric that I have been itching to use for something, but I’ve been waiting for the right something.
I’ve made circle skirts before and like them but I was looking for a different kind of skirt, it’s time for box pleats. I’ll start by saying that I think I’ve found my new favorite skirt, not only for the pattern but the box pleat gives volume without needing a crinoline layer which is hard to achieve in a circle skirt or even a half circle skirt.
Here’s what you will need:
- Sewing machine – with zipper foot
- Tape measure
- Fabric scissors & pinking shears
- Hook and Eye Closure
- Iron and ironing board
To find out how much fabric you will need, take your waist measurement and multiply that number by 3 and add your seam allowance. For example, my waist is 31 inches x 3 is 93 inches, converted to meters is 2.3 with seam allowance 2.4 meters. Next figure out how long of a skirt you want, I wanted just above the knee. So waist to knee(ish) plus seam allowance 20.5 inches (52.07cm). Then for the waistband take your waist measurement plus seam allowance, for me 32 inches (81.28cm). For the height of the waistband I used 4 inches (10.16cm).
Choose the number of pleats, I chose 8. Take the waist measurement and divide it by the number of pleats, 31 inches/8 is 3.9 inches (9.9cm). This means I need to mark every 3.9 inches with a pin, not including seam allowance.
Mark and cut the fabric to size, including the waistband. I used the pinking shears for this, as I don’t have a serger it helps control fraying. Lay out the skirt fabric right side down and using the tape measure I will place a pin every 3.9 inches starting after the side seam allowance. My pins should end before the side seam allowance as well.
Each pleat will consist of folding 4 pins toward each other. Take pin 1 and fold toward pin 2, take pin 3 and fold toward pin 4. Pin down each side of the pleat, you should end up with the fold lines with no pins facing inward. Continue for the remaining pleats.
Sew the pleats into place and iron. Pin the waistband right side down to the top of the skirt. Sew the waistband on using the same stitch line you sewed for the pleats. Place your zipper on the back seam and mark the end, stitch from the hem to that mark.
Change to your zipper foot and sew in the zipper.
Fold over the waistband and sew around the bottom and then another set of stitches around the top, this will help give the waistband more structure. I then sewed an eye and hook in the space just above the zipper.
To hem the skirt I used the same technique as I did in the “DIY Smocked Maxi Dress” tutorial. Click here.
Now even with this skirt and a red cardigan, I thought it was missing something. So I thought I’d make a Star Trek Insignia Pin.
I found a suitable picture online put an iron transfer fabric sheet in the printer and printed out the image. Using cardboard I cut out the same shape; got a little cotton batting and some quilting batting and the glue gun.
Placing the cotton batting on the cardboard and then wrapping the quilting batting around and gluing it into place. Then I did the same for the fabric sheet and then glued a pin back on to finish it off.
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