Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Pleats are hard

I was talking about back to school shopping with a friend earlier, and made a startling realization.  Normally, I scour the september editions of magazines, plotting out what I want to get for the upcoming school year.  Then I shop carefully, searching for the best deals I can find to fulfill the list that I made.  

I don't have a list this year, or a desire to make one.  I...don't want to buy anything.  I've been in and out of stores all summer, but I just can't bring myself to buy anything.  Instead, I've been sewing up a storm, making the things that I've been wanting for a while.  The only thing that I plan on buying is a new pair of chucks, since I've had mine for 5 years and the holes are too big for comfort now.  

Is not wanting to go back to school shopping a sign that I'm maybe growing up, or just of successful sewing?

Rant aside, I'm really loving this skirt.  I took the measurements from the yellow midi skirt that I bought from Forever 21 last year, that I've been wearing nonstop since I bought it.  This skirt is going to be added to the ranks of always-in-use clothing.  I've worn it every day since i finished it.  It was an easy sew, and only took a few hours.  The hardest part was lining up the pleats.  

The pleats!  I love pleats.  Maybe that's the six years of Catholic education talking, but I have such a weakness for pleated skirts.  The other midi skirt that I own is also pleated, and I didn't want the skirts to be too similar.  The other one has box pleats.  I couldn't decide how I wanted to pleat this one, so I did a few different things.  From my experience, knife pleats normally point outward, towards a person's side.  I've been seeing a lot of inverse pleating around the streets lately, and liked the way it looked.  The back has straight knife pleats.  The front pleats are each an inch wide, but for the first 4 on each side I overlapped them so that only 1/4" shows.  I half worry that this makes a bit of a uterus-frame, but I think I like the effect.  Also, I'm hoping that they will lie flatter once I iron this!

I made this skirt as part of another project, which hopefully I'll share sometime in the next week!


  1. Thank you for your super kind comment and also I EFFING LOVE THIS SKIRT. Thank you for just giving me the inspiration for the silk midi I wanted to make before summer ended. I thought a traditional gathered skirt wouldn't be super flattering but the pleats here are genius. They give the skirt body without all that fabric at your waist. AND THE COLOUR! I'm adding you to my blog reader. Lets be budz.

  2. This is so cute! This might be one of my favorites. Although...you made kelly green shorts before, right? Because I like those, too.