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Sheer Pleated skirt

Added Nov 6, 2012

by Laura McWethy

Collingswood, Ne...






This was definitely an experimental project! It started with the sheer pleated fabric bought in the bargain bin, which I was intending to use as an overlay on a beige jersey dress that was a little sheer by itself, I thought. I didn’t buy quite enough though, so I ended up making a simple double layer skirt with an elastic waist, using the bottom of the jersey dress as a lining, which ended up actually getting cut out. I would have liked it to be fuller, but once again, I didn’t have quite enough fabric.

To make the skirt, I just cut two rectangles and sewed up the short sides. I basted the two pleated layers together with the jersey “skirt”, to make a tube about twice as big as my waist (when the pleats were extended). I then rolled one of the edges over to make a tube for the elastic waistband, making sure it was just slightly larger than the 1.5" elastic I was using, and left about 2" unsewn, for inserting the elastic waistband. I then finished up sewing the waistband tube closed, and adjusted the gathers in the waistband to even it out. Because the selvage edge was nice, I wanted to advantage of it, and not have to hem it. I also made the top layer slightly shorter than the bottom layer. Because it was narrower than I wanted, the jersey lining was causing weird poofiness, so I ended up cutting it out, and it’s a tad bit sheer, but I just wear leggings under it.

Material Notes

sheer pleated rayon (?)




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