The box pleated skirt

So it looks like I haven't posted all summer... Oops. I will openly admit I've actually had a very sad and stressful few months and although things are still very much raw, the dust is starting to settle and I feel somewhat normal again.  

Box pleated skirt

Anyway, waaaaay back in June I posted a little 'capsule wardrobe' plan. This skirt was one of those items I had planned to be in it!   

Box pleated skirt - flared

This is the box pleated skirt from the Sew Over It Vintage book. If you're not familiar with this book the concept is that you draft all the patterns yourself based on your measurements. Although not strictly aimed at beginner sewists, this book is perfect for those with a little sewing experience who want to learn a little pattern drafting on the side.  

I have admired this skirt for a very long time and so was excited to finally give it a go myself. I decided I would make this skirt to wear to a dear friends wedding in July and I am so pleased with how it turned it out.  

Luxury crepe in Royal Blue - such a lush fabric plus a sneaky close up of my birthday present!

Luxury crepe in Royal Blue - such a lush fabric plus a sneaky close up of my birthday present!

I chose the delightful luxury crepe in Royal blue from Sew Over It and boy is this fabric beautiful. It has the most luxurious drape to it and feels so nice against the skin. It's such a pleasure to wear and the fabric complements the style of the skirt perfectly.  

The pattern was easy and straight forward to draft. I was rather naughty and decided to forgo the toile phase and cut straight into the luxury crepe. Oohh what a dream to cut!  

Sew Over It Box Pleated Skirt

A fair bit of time has passed since I made this skirt but I recall that the construction was also relatively easy and straightforward. The instructions in the book are clear and concise and the photographs help nicely.

I must say I'm very pleased with invisible zip insertion. 

I must say I'm very pleased with invisible zip insertion. 

The only issue I had was the zip - I wasn't entirely sure whether the zip was seen into the waistband or not. From the instructions it looked like it wasn't but this then leaves the waistband free at the back and there was nothing about a buttonhole or hook and eye. In the end I did sew on a hook and eye although I didn't have one quite big enough for the skirt so I'll be replacing this with a bigger one at some point but it's still very much wearable. And boy do I love wearing this!  

Box pleated skirt

I'm currently experimenting wearing this luxe skirt with plain t-shirts and stripey tops so I can get away with wearing with a bit more casually. In fact this skirt proved very useful the other day when I had a dinner after work. I didn't want to be carrying around another outfit with me all day so I wore a casual t-shirt and when it was time to be a bit more 'fancy' I simply changed the top. Voilà. Perfect capsule wardrobe skirt.  

A sneaky peak of my latest make too - strippey goodness! 

A sneaky peak of my latest make too - strippey goodness! 

Now I just need to see a another and a few more tops.... Excuse me while I rush to the sewing machine!