Added Apr 21, 2013
by Irina Schwab
Navy shades are back, together with the first rays of sun and signs of (proper) spring.
This skirt was really easy to make and did not require a pattern. Just a bit of experience making plain skirts.
I bought a meter of chambray (as seen) from John Lewis (£8/m). The width of material is about 1.45m. With the material folded, I cut across the narrow end a 10 cm wide strip and held it back for the belt. The remaining fabric was cut along right in the middle, to have two identical rectangles, 90 cms wide and about 70-75 cms long (the length of the skirt!).
I created the pleats using pins, a big pleat in the middle, followed by box pleats, after marking the fabric with chalk at every 1 inch or so. I then folded the fabric, sewn across waistline and ironed the pleats at the front. I folded the fabric in a similar manner at the back as well, making sure the pleats are identical. In my version, I did not iron the pleats at the back, but that’s just an option. I have sewn the sides and inserted a concealed zip on the left hand side.
I used fusible interfacing for the belt and attached in the classic way, by sewing it face to face at the front, sewing the ends second, then, finally bending it and slip stitching on the inside of the skirt.
I added two poppers on the longer end.
Later on I might think of different techniques for keeping the front pleats in place, perhaps the technique published here by Magda. However, I had no time today, since the weather enabled me to put the skirt at test at a mini golf game.
Good luck, this is a simple 2 hours project and you can have this season’s favourite piece for minimum cost.
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Now off to make the navy skirt to go with it :-)
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