One of my goals for this year was to sew more clothing. Not just refashioning, but sewing "from scratch" like from a pattern or from measurements. I love to refashion, but being able to say "I made this entire thing I'm wearing," is a really good feeling. :) Since this month is all about spring, florals, and warm weather, I decided to make a pretty pleated skirt. I didn't make this from a pattern, instead I followed the Dreamer Skirt: Free Pleated Skirt Tutorial.
Two things I did different:
1. I cut the waistband 2.5" instead of 3", just because I like slimmer waistbands.
2. I added in the zipper before adding in the waistband. (This was my mistake, and I thought I was done for, until I found out that there are some skirts that are made this way, haha.)
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So, in all my years of sewing, this was my first time making pleats. :)
As I mentioned before, I added in my invisible zipper before adding the waistband in.
So, I wanted quickly show you how the waistband looks like when sewn on the skirt, to make things easier for you.
I ironed interfacing to my waistband to make is stabler. Then, I sewed along the pink dots with my fabrics as shown below.
I placed the waistband right side down facing the wrong side of the skirt. I sewed along the line where the orange pins are placed.
After, this is how the waistband looked like when sewed.
This is how it looked like from the other side, or the right side of the skirt.
Then I folded it down, and topstitched.