Separates · Skirts

A pink box pleat midi skirt

With the changing seasons, I’m trying to sew more separates. In a recent Rosie (@DIYcourture) destash, I laid my hands on this lovely pink crepe. there was just 1.25m of the fabric so realistically this was always going to be either a skirt or a top. I enjoyed wearing my midi skirt throughout the summer, and wanted more comfy, casual skirts which I could rock throughout autumn.

I was looking for a box pleat skirt that had some length to it, and knew I had made an evening dress a couple of years ago with the type of skirt I was imagining. A quick try on of that dress confirmed that the length was right and the pleats were what I was after, so I dug out the pattern. I then began cutting out the pieces for the skirt from the paper pattern ( a McCall’s M6953), at this point it occurred to me that if I was cutting out the pattern pieces I hadn’t ever used this pattern, turned out I was cutting out an entirely different pattern to the one I had used for my dress! oh well I had come this far so I merrily continued on! When cutting out my fabric I didn’t cut any length off, but decided I would think about the length I wanted once it was all sewn up.

The pattern has 4 inch deep box pleats across the whole skirt, and has pockets (YAY!!!). It was a super quick sew, and I tried really hard to make sure they were all even and laid correctly. I think I did a pretty good job, and usually accuracy like that isn’t my best quality!

I used some cotton from my stash for the pocket bags, and a matching pink zip which I left exposed.

As the pattern was originally for a dress, I had to draft my own waistband. Which is essentially 2 pieces of fabric 1.5inches thick, sewn right sides together and attached to the top of the skirt, before using my stitch in the ditch foot to complete this skirt with some neat top stitching.

Because my zip finishes before the waistband, I have used a single button and a thread loop to close the waistband. I’m not sure about this, as sometimes that thread loop can get twisted and I struggle to work out how to undo it (please tell me you have this issue too?). This button though matches so perfectly this fabric that I’m glad I found it lurking in my stash.

I love this skirt, casual, very much my style, work-appropriate, quite floaty (perfect for spinning around as you can see!), has pockets and goes with my new pale pink brogues! There is already one more of this skirt in the making, and there may be more before this season is out!

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