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« on: December 04, 2007 10:18:02 PM »

ok, i love this skirt, but its so damn expensive! i know how to make the basic skirt but how to i do the pleats? do you think its a seperate piece thats tacked on or something else?

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« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2007 06:18:38 AM »

Hmmm...look at the "cheek" on the left side of the back view. See those wrinkles going out horizontally? I think that shows that the back of the skirt has a center panel like the front obviously does. The zipper is set into the center piece, and that piece is shorter than the other two. Then the little pleated/button kick pleat is added at the bottom end of the shortend center piece and set into the other two so it is sewn all the way down the sides of the cute little pleated piece. Edited to add sketch which may or may not help:


I forgot to add a waistband, but you'd just add it on top.

I don't think the pleated part is just sewn on top because a kick pleat is there to make a skirt like this actually useful if you need to move in it, not stand decorously still like a mannequin or totter like a drunken moll. So, if I were you (and if I still wore clothes like this that just cry out for heels and stockings!), I think I'd do one of these things:

1. Actually make a back center panel with the pleat sewn in at the bottom (I think it would fit the design best, and have the pleats anchored on both sides this way) OR

2. Make the back of the skirt in TWO pieces with the zipper sewn in the middle. Then, at the bottom of the seam that the zipper is sewn into to, make a REAL functional but plain kickpleat (really just a split in the seam up at least 5 or 6 inches so you can scissor your legs above your knees some) and cover it up with the lovely one just tacked on top. The problems with this plan is that you won't get the same curvy fit as with the three pieces, and the kick pleat should be tacked down on the sides (but you could do that by hand or something).

Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2007 08:09:52 AM »

I think it's a separate piece that is tacked onto the middle section of the back (make back side in 3 pieces like the front and add pleated panel to the bottom of the middle section).
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« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2007 09:31:47 AM »

Those are some cute pleats and I just might have to include them in my next skirt.
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« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2007 11:10:55 AM »

omg graced you rock! that makes so much sense. i'll post pictures when i'm done later!
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« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2007 02:19:32 PM »

I hope it helped! I can't wait to see! Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2007 04:17:34 PM »

Hmmm...look at the "cheek" on the left side of the back view. See those wrinkles going out horizontally? I think that shows that the back of the skirt has a center panel like the front obviously does. The zipper is set into the center piece, and that piece is shorter than the other two. Then the little pleated/button kick pleat is added at the bottom end of the shortend center piece and set into the other two so it is sewn all the way down the sides of the cute little pleated piece. Edited to add sketch which may or may not help:


I forgot to add a waistband, but you'd just add it on top.

I don't think the pleated part is just sewn on top because a kick pleat is there to make a skirt like this actually useful if you need to move in it, not stand decorously still like a mannequin or totter like a drunken moll. So, if I were you (and if I still wore clothes like this that just cry out for heels and stockings!), I think I'd do one of these things:

1. Actually make a back center panel with the pleat sewn in at the bottom (I think it would fit the design best, and have the pleats anchored on both sides this way) OR

2. Make the back of the skirt in TWO pieces with the zipper sewn in the middle. Then, at the bottom of the seam that the zipper is sewn into to, make a REAL functional but plain kickpleat (really just a split in the seam up at least 5 or 6 inches so you can scissor your legs above your knees some) and cover it up with the lovely one just tacked on top. The problems with this plan is that you won't get the same curvy fit as with the three pieces, and the kick pleat should be tacked down on the sides (but you could do that by hand or something).

Good luck!
i've made a skirt very much like this, and that's exactly how I did it. I would like to add that it might be a good idea to hand tack down the pleats at the top before attaching the pieces because I had a helluva time keeping them straight and tidy without bunching up when i attached them.
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« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2007 04:18:49 PM »

In addendum, I'm almost 100% sure that the center panel is really two panels attached to and below the zipper. Splittig one panel would make for one funky looking zipper.
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« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2007 04:53:18 PM »

ok so i finished the first one out of cheap broadcloth earlier, it turned out really well just exactly like you were talking about that the pleats need to be tacked down, i'm like halfway through my twill one and am already in love with it.
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« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2007 04:59:55 PM »

ok so i finished the first one out of cheap broadcloth earlier, it turned out really well just exactly like you were talking about that the pleats need to be tacked down, i'm like halfway through my twill one and am already in love with it.

Pictures!! I love this skirt, it is so cute. I want to make one too.. Smiley
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