Added Nov 6, 2012
Falls Church, Vi...
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.
sheer pleated rayon (?)
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