High Waisted Gray Box Pleated Skirt

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Introduction: High Waisted Gray Box Pleated Skirt

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Let me just say that this took forever!!! A lot of ironing and "math" I finally finished my skirt. Math is in quotations because even though I used it I still messed up. I don't think it likes me. Anyway it has a waist band with zipper, so I will show you how I did that.

Supplies:

* 1 1/2 yards of medium weight fabric

* 7" zipper

*scissors

*sewing machine

*dark or matching thread

*straight pins

*measuring tape

* "math"

*Sharpie

* iron

Optional

*pinking shears

*iron- on interfacing

Step 1: Let the Pinning Commence!

Ok the first thing I did was measure my waist and added one inch for seam allowance. I sew with a half inch seam allowance and to added the zipper in the back I needed a half inch on both sides, so I added another inch. I laid out my fabric and pinned every two inches along the salvage edge. The edge was not lined up perfectly, but I need it like that so when I marked one side I could mark the other at the same time. I used my waist measurement+1 and added another inch for seam allowance because I was going to cut the skirt in two pieces. With that I divided it by 2 and added it to the original number.So I had divided 32 by 2 and got 15 1/2 inches and added that to 32. My final number was 47 1/2 inches.

Step 2: Pin & Pleat

I box pleated the skirt so I could see how it would look before I cut it. Then I unpinned it leaving the ones that were two inches apart, so I could mark them on both sides with a sharpie. I lined up the salvage edge and measured 18 inches down and drew a straight line. This will become the bottom of the skirt. I then meticulously folded and ironed each and every pleat making sure they were evenly spaced. This is what made the skirt the most time consuming sewing project I have done so far. But you want to make this part look nice so it will look even better when you wear it.

Step 3: Almost Done...

After pleading and ironing both side sew them together with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Then base stitch the pleats using a large stitch length. I cut out two waistbands measuring 30 by 2 1/2 inches, but I ended up only using one. Then for extra strength I fused iron-on interfacing to the waistband. Then I pinned the waistband along to top of the skirt and sew a straight line. After that I used my pinking shears to trim the top of the waistband.

(I don't know how but once I was done pleating and I sewed the two sides together I had about 2-3 inches left over of pleats. So I just cut that off, but I don't know why that is. My original number was 30 so I gave that an inch for give and to have room if I wanted to tuck in a shirt and for the zipper. So I now have 31 inches + 1 inch for two side seams and got 32. So I had divided 32 by 2 and got 15.5 and added that back to 32. My final number was 47 1/2 inches. I was just wondering what I may have done wrong or if math just doesn't like me.)

Step 4: Now You're Done!!!

I added the zipper by finding the middle of the waistband by folding it down so that it covered the stitch line. I marked with a pin where the zipper stopped and pinned all the way down. Then I sewed up until I reached that pin and pressed the seam flat.This is where the zipper goes, if you haven't guessed already. Then I folded over the seam allowance and pinned the zipper in place. Using a zipper foot on my sewing machine I rode a shark into a active volcano... no I just sewed the zipper to the skirt. Then I folded over the waistband and sewed a straight line. And for the hem... well I just sewed a zigzag stitch like I had a serger because I really wanted to be done with this skirt. But you could after that fold it over twice a do a proper hem. Or not...

And now you're done!! ^-^

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    9 Comments

    love the skirt & your sunglasses! :D

    This is awesome! I've wanted a skirt like this for a while... After seeing this tutorial, I might just make one! I love your outfit, too :)

    Thank you! I hope you make one.

    Thank you for sharing this!

    You SEW girl! Pleats are not easy. Thanks for the detailed pinning shots.

    You're welcome! They take forever. ..but it's worth it.

    Did you use a Western Saddle or an English Saddle on the shark? Excellent Instructable!!

    nicely done and you look very pretty in the skirt!

    Thank you :)