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I have some fabric that I really like, and what to make myself a skirt but I haven’t sewn in quite a while and so i’m (very) out of practice…

Here’s the skirt I’d like to copy:

I haven’t attempted pleats before, but I have quite a bit of spare fabric lying around, and even more spare time, to practice with!


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    Aug 25, 2012, 07.41 AMby Lindsay Whitehead

    Hi, shouldn’t be too hard to do. A few questions though. Do you want to use a commercial pattern? If so, then I can’t help you, sorry, but I just don’t know any. So find one and have a crack at it. The worst you can do is fail (and learn from it). Do you have a skirt pattern that fits you? (closer to this design the better, but it doesn’t need to have pleats) If you don’t, I suggest you do. It can be used to make many different skirts that should all fit you well. Have you done any pattern making before?

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    Aug 25, 2012, 09.45 AMby katexxxxxx

    Make a circular skirt pattern with twice your waist measurement. Pleat to fit the waistband…

    You may have to cut it in 4 gores rather than two half circles, but two half circles made with seams at the sides would be best, so you can put a zip in it.

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      Aug 27, 2012, 08.01 AMby Lindsay Whitehead

      Good idea, easier than what I was going to suggest. :)

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    Sep 5, 2012, 05.21 AMby IkkiaRain

    The skirt you want is made with full box pleats. I’ve always wanted to make a pleated skirt. I’ve read in an old Singer sewing book that a box pleat skirt needs about 3 times the hip measurement.This is the old way; maybe you can use twice the hip measurement. But before you can make any pleated skirt, buy a pleated skirt pattern and learn how to make one. If you can not find the pattern, found a patternmaking book that shows you how to make it. Will check back in afew days.

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    Sep 6, 2012, 08.33 PMby crab

    The simple way for you would be to use a basic plain pencil skirt pattern, First.to create 3 box pleats as seen on pic,you have to include: 10cms form top centre front 11.5cms from botton centre front [join these two added points to create the centre front box pleat. The other box pleat on side {on tight} can be added by simply slah the pattern paper and open 20cms from top part and 20cms from bottom part. IPMORTANT ALL THESE ADDED NOTES YOU HAVE TO DO IT ON PATTERN PAPER FIRST,SO YOU WOULD HAVE THE RIGHT "NEW "PATTERN WITH THE BOX PLEATS INCLUDED.

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