DIY Palazzo Pants

Fall sewing projects are underway!

We’re getting into my season – I’m a winter baby, so this is my time of year and I’m pretty excited for what my closet will look like after I iron out this To Do List!!  Naturally, my wardrobe is transitioning from my pleated skirts and dresses to pants. In my downtime at work, I sneak a [several] peaks at MSN’s Wonderwall to see what the Stars are wearing.

My current obsession (and everyone else’s too) for Fall is the high waist, palazzo pants! Over the Labor Day Weekend I cut out FOUR separate projects for pants, 2 of which are for PALAZZO’s! 🙂

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THE V9075 Jumpsuit

V9075 View BNear the end of the Winter season, Vogue’s new Spring Pattern Collection was introduced and it seemed like everyone in the sewing community was RAVING over the new jumpsuit pattern, myself included.

Everything about this pattern says sophistication and class, but what makes it so appealing is the wide leg pants!  There’s nothing more comfortable than wide legged pants!  This pattern also has a dress alternative, which is just as cute and will probably be my next make… for myself 🙂

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The Flirty Skirt

Still saturated in my infatuation with pleats, I sought out to do switch this up and do something different – a gathered mini-circle skirt.

Everything was working out as planned and then…. I went to cut out the zipper space vs adding a zipper to the back center seam aaannnnddddd…… totally eff’d messed up what started off as a quick & easy skirt.  (gathering is so much easier, less time consuming than pleating)

Quick Tip:  Don’t cut into your thread, after you’ve gathered your material!!!  Cutting the thread completely loses all of you work AND you will need to improvise!

After about 2 or 3 attempts to re-create my gathers on either side of my zipper (post zipper install), I realized that where I placed my zipper was OFF center and on top of that… CROOKED!!!!

I mean, how many ways can you eff mess up something SO simple?  Seriously, this is a basic skirt.  No pattern needed.  Just cut, baste and go!

Completely frustrated and ready to finish, I decided to go to my good ole pleats!  This time, instead of doing box pleats, I decided to do very simple ‘cascading’, or knife pleats.  (I learned the official name of this style pleat after I finished this skirt.) 

The Flirty Skirt

Here are the skirt details, if you’re interested in making something similar:

  • Fabric was cut 72′ x 19′.
  • Added side seam pockets, using V8909 pocket pattern.
  • Added 3′ wide waistband with zipper down center seam; closed with a hook & eye.
  • Rolled a 1′ hem.

The Flirty Skirt

I love my flirty skirt!!  The pleats give so much VOLUME and the length is versatile and…. well, flirtySometimes, when you make mistakes, things actually end up even better than what you intended in the first place!

The Flirty Skirt

The Flirty Skirt

This is a perfect look for summer – pair it with your favorite pair of sandals, or dress it up with a plain tank/blazer combo with some pumps! 🙂

Clearly, pleats is my go-to style this Spring.  What’s your go to style?

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Box Pleated Midi Skirt

As you can see,  A Fashion Addict has gone through some serious cosmetic changes.  A face lift!  Take a few minutes to take a look around & check out the new features.  My hope is that you can find everything you’re looking for with ease & more importantly, want to come back for more 🙂

My current & latest obsession is box pleats!! I like the structured look that it adds, especially to skirts. They’re easy to create and there’s no pattern needed.  Even better, right?

Here’s the look that inspired me…

pleated leather

Shop the look:  Sacks Fifth Ave  $495 Pleated Leather Skirt

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