So here was the inspiration…
I have been very inspired by street fashion and style bloggers wearing bright colours, dressy separates and things with pleats. I wanted a pleated skirt! For reference check out my street style pinterest board here.
A little disclaimer: the pictures show the less attractive parts of my crowded apartment and the lighting was bad because the weather is so dreary. Also my hair is doing that flippy thing that I hate. It was that sort of day! Also I should have ironed the pleats on the skirt more. Also this is a bit of a of long winded post for something so simple. Sorry bout that!
Materials: New look 6946 (not sure if it is still in print)
The fabric is a lightweight blue drill that was a 2 meter remnant piece from The Remnant Warehouse (I L-O-V-E that place!) I bought the fabric a long time ago I think the 2 meter piece was about 3 or $4 a meter. The invisible zipper is from there too and boy do they have cheap invisible zippers! Lincraft usually charges $4-6 per zip which is an obscene price and I hate packaged zips, you have to iron them in order to use them, its horrible!
At the remnant warehouse I think the zips were around $1 or less. I bought SO many. If you live in Sydney Australia and you need to stock up on zippers check it out!
Amount of fabric needed: 1.40 meters of 150cm wide fabric or 1.60 meters of 112cm wide fabric
Alterations made: I made a straight size 10 and the only alteration was taking out a tiny 5mm out of the top waistband. Actually I did also shorten the skirt. I cut out the shortest style and shortened it again by 5cm (for reference I think I am around 176cm tall). This is longer than I usually wear my skirts but I feel more grown up :). I would go longer but bellow the knee doesn’t seem to work on me.
Project pros: A super quick and easy project great for getting your sewing mojo back, if you have been working on something more tedious. Versatile skirt. Feminine and easy to mix and match. The pleats are pretty and the a-line is flattering.
The waistband and the skirt pieces are the same for front and back. So nice and simple!
Project cons: This mid/lightweight drill creases like crazy. This skirt wrinkles a lot after a car trip or a lot of wear. Perhaps I should underline the skirt next time I make it. Would that counteract how much the cotton fabric creases? Also as you can see in my picture the pleats are kind of unruly.
Wear-ability: I think it will get a lot of wear out of it… but then again it does need to be ironed. It’s funny how I don’t mind pressing things all the time as I sew but I really struggle to bother ironing something the day I want to wear it (bad I know)!
I I love the versatility of separates. When you make something a little more plain its like getting more than one new item because suddenly you give new life to other pieces in your wardrobe.