One of my favourite skirts to make is with a box pleat. Which is lucky as I am in love with skirts at the moment. This love has come from thinking hard about what suits me and what I like to wear. Skirts are a favourite for sure. And I think I suit waisted midi skirts. At least I hope I do as that is one of my favourite skirts to make.
I loved this fabric the first time I saw it a month or so ago at Spotlight. It's the Dark Leaves Linen Cotton at 133cm wide. My friend was with me and she actually gave me the idea of a box pleat midi skirt when I feel in love with the fabric. I actually had to buy some more when I finally came to make it! The fabric is lovely. It has a nice drape even though it has some weight to it. I washed it beforehand and I think that added to the ease of sewing. I love sewing with cottons and linen, who wouldn't, so I enjoyed the actual sewing up of this piece. Another reason this is one of my favourite skirts to make!
The pattern is a mix of a few actually! I can't reference them here unfortunately as I have used them so often over the years that I have only my hand drawn copy of the original pattern with only "Box Pleat Midi Skirt, Size 12" as the identifier. Note to self: I must organise my patterns!!
I knew that I wanted a tie back, pockets and the length to be the perfect midi. I drafted the pockets based on a 70's pattern of my mothers and the waist band is a simple curved length to make up the tie at the back. And who doesn't love pockets in a skirt, especially mothers!
The only really tricky thing I encountered with the centre back pleat and how to insert the invisible zip with the pleat folding in on the CB seam. I battled with it a little bit until I realised I can just give a few mm space between the pleat. I also sewed down the box pleat around 8cm to make a nice flat fall over my misshapen mummy tummy.
Overall I am really pleased with how it turned out. I enjoyed sewing it and I enjoyed showing off the finished skirt to my family. It super fun to wear. This really is a satisfying skirt to make. And really is one of my favourite skirts to make!
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