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I am very very new to sewing and, perhaps too ambitiously, have started making a pencil skirt for my girlfriend.
I am making, or attempting to make, houndstooth skirt and am hoping its a relatively straight-forward process to shift the box-pleat from front to back.
Is there anything I really need to watch out for? Or is it as straight-forward as I’m hoping.
To tell you the truth I’m not really sure what I’m asking for … hopefully it sort of makes some sort of crude sense.

many thanks



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    Oct 4, 2013, 03.39 PMby katensew

    Omit the front seam and place the front STITCHING line to a fold of the fabric.Then add the necessary allowance for the box pleat to the back centre.

  • Get_a_haircut_boy_large

    Oct 7, 2013, 06.16 PMby John Keiller

    Thanks for the reply. I tried it out using a couple of pieces of duff fabric … it seems to work ok. If it all works out ok on the final item … I may post a photo …

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    Oct 8, 2013, 11.09 AMby bjr99

    Be sure you make a muslin first to check the fit and the pattern.

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    • Get_a_haircut_boy_large

      Oct 9, 2013, 11.41 AMby John Keiller

      A muslin? Is that the same as a toile?
      I’m now on number 3 and hopefully it will be the last. The material I’m making the skirt from is rather costly, so I’m certainly glad I made a test garment(s)

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    Oct 9, 2013, 01.14 PMby bjr99

    Yes they are the same just called differnet things in different parts of the world. Good to hear that you are making them. It would be painful to cut expensive fabric and then find the pattern doesn’t work or fit. Please keep us posted on the progress an post pictures when it is done!

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