Hi All,
First sewing project in 10 years, and I’m having troubles finding a pattern for a tea-length skirt with pleats. The middle picture is what I’m going for.

Any suggestions? Is it advisable to use a knee-length pattern and simple lengthen it?
Many Thanks.

http://www.glamour.com/fashion/2013/09/most-wearable-spring-2014-trends-from-nyfw#slide=6 Missing

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    Jan 12, 2014, 08.12 AMby katexxxxxx

    Looks like a circular skirt with pleats sewn down at the waist.

    Take a VERY LARGE sheet of paper… Decide how much fabric you need in each pleat at the top to give you the pleat depth you need, and draw a circle with that plus your waist measurement as the circumference. Now decide how long the skirt needs to be. Add that to the radius needed to draw the waist circle and draw a second circle.

    You may well need to do this as two half circles… If you do, once cut out, tape them together, leaving a ‘zip opening’ at the waist on one side.

    Pleat up your paper skirt and try it on. Make sure everything falls as it should. It’ll be a bit stiff!

    Once you have done this, take apart the seams and discard one of the halves. Take the other and divide into two or three wedges, depending on how wide you fabric is. Add a seam allowance all round and a hem at the bottom, and make up in gash fabric to test the pattern works in cloth.

    Once you have it as you like it, mark up the pattern and cut in the proper fabric.

    Make up the skirt, lining it if it needs it. Give it a waistband or finish the waist with a facing cut from spare fabric. To make a facing pattern, pleat up the paper pattern and trace off a section about 3" wide, making a single front and a single back pattern.

    Finish you skirt except for the hem. Leave the skirt so tha hem drops and ‘hangs out’. It’s best to do this on a dress stand, but a well supported peg style skirt hanger will do. Just be sure to let it hang fo0r several days. A week is best!

    Fix the hem length and wear!

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