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Orange slices

Added Oct 14, 2012

by alekat

Sydney, Australia






I have been seeing this image floating around Pinterest of a Red and white striped pleated skirt which always piqued my sewing sensors.
While at the local fabric store I found an Orange and white striped cotton sateen fabric which had the perfect texture to hold pleats.

I didn’t use a pattern for this skirt. But I did use some mathematics to work out pleat folds and how many pleats I can have to fit around my waist. It was tricky but what good things aren’t tricky? I also used about 1 billion pins to hold the pleats in while I measured and ironed. Its always good to have a back up box of pins!

In the end I am pretty satisfied with this skirt as it’s very striking and classic. The only annoying thing is having to iron in the pleats every time I finish wearing it.

see more at my blog Sewing The 60s

Material Notes

Cotton Sateen




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Classic, Preppy, Romantic

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    Jan 5, 2013, 06.54 AMby heimaker

    looks great! did you make the skirt out of two rectangular pieces and then pin the pleats?

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      Jan 6, 2013, 06.50 AMby alekat

      yes i did! and then i added a waistband at the top. =)

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    Dec 30, 2012, 05.15 PMby Pharmasewing

    This skirt is amazing!

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    • Catherine_a-01_large

      Dec 30, 2012, 10.41 PMby alekat


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    Oct 15, 2012, 02.21 AMby nouvellegamine

    wow! Seriously cute skirt!

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    • Catherine_a-01_large

      Oct 15, 2012, 08.35 AMby alekat


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    Oct 14, 2012, 08.11 PMby frkbustad

    It’s lovely!! Great fabric for the pleats

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    • Catherine_a-01_large

      Oct 14, 2012, 08.38 PMby alekat

      Thanks! Yes, good for pleats (and other annoying random creases)

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    Oct 14, 2012, 07.52 PMby missb-1

    Goodness, this looks awesome. Love the colour choice, orange looks more ‘fresh’ than red.

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    • Catherine_a-01_large

      Oct 14, 2012, 08.37 PMby alekat

      Thanks! I’m not a big fan of red so i’m happy with the orange too!

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    Oct 14, 2012, 09.18 AMby tasallison

    is it possible to stitch right on the edge of the pleat? to hold it?

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    • Catherine_a-01_large

      Oct 14, 2012, 11.02 AMby alekat

      Thanks for the comment! I suppose you could do that! it would take a lot more thread but yeah that’s a possibility!

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    Oct 14, 2012, 09.16 AMby tasallison

    wow this is so professional looking! :-) i’m really impressed, that would’ve been tricky!

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    Oct 14, 2012, 09.08 AMby Mary Athey

    Your skirts gorgeous!! the fabrics fab and its lovely on you. xx

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    • Catherine_a-01_large

      Oct 14, 2012, 11.02 AMby alekat

      Thanks Mary!

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