This is the finished box pleat skirt.
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Embellished Fabric Skirt

We’ve made box pleat skirts here before, this one will be the same, but slightly different. When I was at the fabric store for my last project I came across this fabric and I couldn’t resist. The embroidered flowers are all along the bottom of the fabric.

After my heart stopped a little after seeing the price I thought again, however there was a promotion on summer fabric that week so it was half price. I decided that I could made due with a meter and a half.

This fabric has amazing embroidery on the bottom half, when I saw it in the store I had to buy some.

Here’s what I used:

  • Fabric
  • Pins
  • Scissors & Pinking Shears
  • Measuring Tape
  • Zipper
  • Hook & Eye Closure

I won’t go into too much detail this time about how I made the skirt. I’m just going to go through what was different. The fabric was lightweight cotton and a little more shear than I would have liked. Since I knew that I wanted this skirt to be knee length that meant that most of the material would be cut off. So I thought that I would just use the extra as a lining.

After deciding on the length of the skirt and where I wanted the inside lining to end I cut the fabric.

I measured how long I wanted the skirt to be, then thought about how long I wanted the lining to be. I didn’t want there to be a chance that the lining would be visible so I decided that I could make it about three inches shorter than the outer fabric. I added both of those measurements together and after ironing I laid out my fabric.

I took the measuring tape and starting from the bottom edge (the edge with the embroidery) I measured out the total that I calculated earlier. I then marked the place and cut the fabric at that point.

 

This left me with one piece of fabric that when folded would be the skirt and the lining. Starting a bit backwards I hemmed both of the edges using my usual method of sewing and folding to enclose the raw edge.

Once that was done I folded the fabric in half, measuring and pinning it in place. This gave me my outer layer and lining. I then sewed them in place along the fold.

After I hemmed the inside and outside of the skirt, I measured to keep it even and then pinned around the top. This is to keep the inside layer exactly where it needs to be.

With only having a meter and a half of fabric to work with I only put in three pleats. One in the front and one on each side. I just free handed it, making sure to have the pleats the same size and distance apart and making adjustments when needed.

After making sure the skirt still fit around my waist I sewed the pleats in place. Cut the waistband out of the remaining fabric and then sewed it in place.

Next I finished the waistband by folding it over sewing it down and then placing a line of stitches across the top to help the waistband lay flat.

Then I sewed in the zipper, then finished off the waistband with the hook and eye closure.

Once the waistband is attached and closed I closed the seams on either side before adding the zipper.

I’m really happy with how this project turned out. Since all of the beauty of the fabric is along the bottom and I didn’t want a full length skirt, I’m really glad I got to use the fabric as a lining or it really wouldn’t have been worth the money. Even at half price. After wearing the skirt I kind of wish that I had put some interfacing in the waistband. Since the fabric is so light it would have given it a bit more stability.

Have you sewed anything recently that you are really excited about?

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