DIY Pleated Midi Skirt

Sometimes we get so focused on the difficulty of our climb that we lose sight of being grateful for simply having a mountain to climb. -Oprah

hey dolls! it’s been a while.. work, and mommy life are crazy but I’ve learned that’s the norm now so I should just stop complaining and start being grateful for everything that i’m able to do. With that said, I’ve been working on a few projects at a time, and finishing up some UFO’s. I was able to get a lot done this morning (since little one didn’t sleep much last night), so I will have more steady posts for a while yay!

This skirt is WAY out of my comfort zone as far as the style of it (and the fabric but we’ll get to that later). I like the midi trend, but I’ve been staying more toward the bodycon silhouette because I have hips, and I don’t need anything emphasizing them LOL. I digress. I have seen pleated skirts all over, as well as watercolor patterns so I decided I would merry the two. I think the styling works here because I went small on top so that I look like I have a waist and not all frumpy. I actually really like it! And of course with the weather getting warm again, (it’s 75 here today in Vegas..) I have to get ready for spring clothes a lot sooner than the rest of the world. One day I’ll make a winter coat, but when our coldest day of winter is 30 degrees I just don’t see the point LOL!

Now on to this fabric. I got it off of the clearance table a while back at Hancock, and I didn’t know exactly what I would be getting myself into when I worked with it. It frayed. And frayed. And then some more dangit! So, embracing one of my sewing goals for 2015, I turned to google to learn how to do french seams. Ah-mazing. It always sounded so fancy i never wanted to try it, but I’m so glad I did!

IMG_7914My skirt is so clean on the inside, and it looks better than RTW because of the detail and thought in the seams (big win!). I no longer have to stay away from silky fabrics completely!! I have had disaster projects with silky fabrics, one i will blog about maybe next week.. so be ready for all my venting haha.

I didn’t use a pattern, just looked up how to calculate the box pleats. The rest was simple, insert a zip & a waistband and you’re good to go! It took a total of maybe 4 hours because of the extra seam work.

Embarrassing story, I wore a cardigan that I made to work and my coworker asked if I made it. I was immediately taken aback because I thought she was saying it like “ugh, it looks handmade” but she really meant it looked like it belonged in a store. Context can really switch up the way we comprehend things!!

Anyway, I’ve missed the blog world, what projects are you working on?

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