I found some gold animal print jacquard fabric a while back and instantly fell in love. I have had it for a while and waited until I was settled on just what type of skirt to make with it. I saw a gold fabric similar to this in a J.Crew skirt a few years ago and had been on the hunt for something like this.
In the end, I decided to create a mix between these skirts:
Here is what I came up with
It's hard to tell in the pictures, but the fabric has a little hint of shimmer to it. I'm not a fan of shiny fabrics, I think a lot of times they can end up looking cheep, but this fabric is thick and has just the right amount of golden glow to it.
The instructions aren't too complicated. Just lots of pleating. Here we go....
- 1 1/2 - 2 yards of fabric
- coordinating thread
- zipper (I used an invisible zipper)
You will need to do a little math before you cut out your skirt pieces. I wanted a lot of thick knife pleats, so I ended up using fabric for the front of my skirt that measured 45" wide and 24" long (I knew this would be plenty long and I wanted a 2" hem). When all the pleats were created, the front skirt portion ended up being 16" wide
My back skirt sections measured 17 1/2" by 24" each. I just did an inverted pleat on either side of the zipper. Basically I just used what fabric I had left over.
Once you have created the pleats with your pins, serge or sew the pleats in place 1/4" away from the edge.
pinwheel skirt tutorial.
this tutorial a few times before taking the plunge. The instructions printed on the invisible zipper package might as well have been written in Hebrew. I need to physically see the zipper being put in to understand it, so written out instructions don't work for me. I swear, I have watched this tutorial at least 20 times. It is simple and clear and works for me so I'm going to stick with it.
Step 7:Take a break from ripping your hair out and pat yourself on the back because you inserted a zipper.
Either that or get in the car and head back to Joanns for another zipper because you got so frustrated that you ripped your first zipper right in half. I'm not ashamed to admit that I have done this. It was a while ago and it was my first invisible zipper. It just felt really good to break that stupid zipper.
Hem your skirt. Since my fabric was thicker, I wanted a thicker hem. My hem was 2" and I used a blind stitch for the hem. If you haven't tried hemming with this stitch I highly recommend it. It takes a little practice but the hem is basically invisible and I love the look of it.
Stitch #13 is the blind hem stitch I used.
see? no stitch marks!
Top: Banana Republic, Skirt: me, Jacket: Nordstrom, Shoes: Steve Madden, Bracelet: Juicy