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