DIY Outfit – Pleated Floral Maxi Skirt

Today's outfit inspiration combines two of my current obsessions – maxi skirts and wild floral prints. It's very 70s bohemian but the pleats give it polish and the hyper bright colors make it very modern. The pleated skirt has always been one of go to DIY's. They're so easy to make and so very classic. I even have a tutorial and worksheet so that you can make your own pleated skirt.

How to Sew a Pleated Floral Maxi Skirt

Step 1: Our inspiration skirt is the Firefleur Maxi Skirt from Anthropologie. I love it paired with the simple blouse and delicate jewelry.

Step 2: For the pattern you can BurdaStyle 02/2013 #133 and lengthen it to the floor. Or, draft your own pattern using my free tutorial and downloadable worksheet.

Step 3: Our inspiration skirt is made from a polyester border print fabric. I could not find an exact match but I love this floral print by Amy Butler. It's a cotton fabric so the drape would probably be a little heavier than the polyester. If you use a cotton for a super long skirt like this, you might want to have fewer pleats so that it doesn't get too heavy. I found a couple more florals not in cotton here and here.

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Fall Sewing No. 4 Teal Pencil Skirt

Last week I took a little detour from my full throttle sewing pace to bring you a knitting project. But don't worry I'm still working on my Fall sewing projects. Today I have number 4 on my list, the teal pencil skirt, to share with you. I did hit a few bumps in the road but I'm pleased with the final result.

I drafted the pattern myself using the method described in the book Design-It-Yourself Clothes by Cal Patch. I really love this book and highly recommend it if you want to try making your own patterns. The writing style is a little conversational and fun to read while being highly informative.

I made a muslin for a very fitted skirt, cut my fashion fabric, sewed it up and it was really, really tight. I think the problem is that my muslin was a really thin fabric and the fashion fabric is really thick. So that extra thickness just scooped up any extra wiggle room. To give myself a little extra room, I let out the seams and used an exposed zipper. I love the shape of this skirt and I still want to make this pattern extra perfect.

This skirt is such a great shape that it goes with almost anything. I hope that I do get a lot of use out of it.

In outfit above:
Statement Necklace (similar here and here)
Scoopneck White T-shirt from J.Crew (currently on sale!)
Becky Ankle Bootie from Sole Society

On an unrelated note, I wanted to mention the lipstick I'm wearing is Model Co. Party Proof Matte Lipstick in Dusk 'Til Dawn. It's a very, very light color, almost a non-color. At first I wasn't sure about it but it's grown on me. I got it as part of a Birchbox shipment. Birchbox is kind of a beauty subscription program. For just $10 a month you get a box with five high end product samples sent to your door. I've been a subscriber for about 4 months and it's really fun to get a little surprise every month. If you're looking for a little way to treat yourself, try it out!

Check out the earlier posts in this series here:
Fall Wardrobe Moodboard
Fall Wardrobe Sewing Plans
Fall Sewing No. 1 Lace Top Dress

Summer Sewing posts
Spring Sewing posts
Sewing posts
Falling into Autumn on Pinterest
DIY Fashion on Pinterest

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