Added Jan 10, 2012
Tried to follow this tutorial: http://onlythesmall.blogspot.com/2011/10/folded-miniskirt-tutorial.html
Would make the following suggestions for anyone following the tutorial:
1) Make a mock-up in paper, first, so that you can see which way the folds go. This helps IMMENSELY. Saves time sitting on the floor staring at it and repinning it over and over.
2) Cut your rectangle of fabric on the wide side, so that you can use the edge guides for folding pleats, but then cut a “skirt shape” out on top of that.
3) After trying and failing, I gave up on making my seams invisible on the inside and just stay-stitched the folds directly to the lining at the sides, and then stitched two layers of front to two layers of back “right sides together” the normal way. I found my fabric slipped and slid too much, I kept losing my folds in the process without having my sides stabilized and stitched down. [Note that in Step 4, the key factor is that you’re sewing the front lining to your pleated front along the bottom edge only.]
4) It could also be done quite simply with a center back seam and a zipper, if your fabric isn’t stretchy enough to pull on.
I did like the feature of having the front side wider than the back so that the seams don’t fall exactly down your sides, but rather toward the backside. This changes how the whole thing fits, however. Mine tends to ride down in the back (see photo) and although I tried to compensate for that by adding a longer “yoke” there, I think I could do that even more, and change the shaping of this back piece, for an improved overall fit.
Double-knit with a small amount of stretch
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