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Box pleat skirt

02 Oct

A simple afternoon sew – high waist skirt shaped with box pleats.

I had 2m of brown shweshwe that was originally going to be used for a light jacket but changed my mind.

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First I put in zip at the back.

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I divided the skirt into eight points – back (zip) and front centre, sides and back and front sides.

I took the total measurement of the material and subtracted my waist measurement. I then divided it by six to get the total box pleat measurement. The back and front centre didn’t get pleats. The box pleat measurement was divided by two so I could measure from the pinned centre point of the box pleat: 198 – 84 = 114 /6 = 19 / 2 = 9.5

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Box pleat centre point to box pleat edge at 9.5cm.

Centre point and edge pinned and ready.

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It was completely unplanned as I was experimenting with the box pleat idea, but the pleats ended up fitting into each other. It was at this point that I figured some adjustment might need to be made if using a different length of material.

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Bring the centre point of the box pleat to the edge of the box pleat and pin in place. For ease of pinning, I did the centre pleat first the the side pleats.

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The pleats really slotted in with no room to spare.

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One side pinned and done.

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Repeat on the other side. Above you can see how the front has no pleats. I tried it on at this point just to check all was good and fitting.

 

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I used the selvedge as the waistband and hem. I stitched along the edge of the selvedge to secure the box pleats.

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I stitched a second line across the top to flatten and further secure the box pleats. I ended up adding a third middle stitch to secure the selvedge from stretching more than anything else.

The finished box pleat skirt.

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