Pattern and tutorial for the midi skirt with box pleats

As promised in this post, I now share the pattern and tutorial for the midi skirt with box pleats. Since I’ve drawn the pattern from scratch, I can’t say for sure which size it is, but it should fit you if you normally wear size Small or EU36. You can check out my measurements in the About page to see of you need to make any adjustments to the pattern. Either way I hope you find it useful, and if you make your own version, I would love to see how it turns out!

Download the pattern here (PDF) L

Tools

  • — Sewing machine and a needle for strech materials
  • — Scissors
  • — Pins
  • — Iron
  • — Tracking wheel ans carbon paper

Materials

  • — 140 cm x 140 cm of wool fabric
  • — 100 cm x 120 cm of lining
  • — 80 cm x 15 cm of interfacing
  • — Matching tread
  • — 17 cm invisible zipper in matching colour

Preparations and cutting

1 – Prepare you fabric according to the label on the fabric – meaning wash, iron and stretch the fabric before you cut it.

2 – Cut the fabric as described in pattern (download free pattern here), and make the markings on the wrong side of the fabric using a tracking wheel and a dressmakers carbon paper

3 – Overcast side edges of Lining front (4) and Lining back (5)

4 – Attach interfacing to the wrong side of one of the Waistband (3) piece

 

The skirt

5 – Stay stitch at square marking at both Back (2) pieces

6 – Pin Back (2) together at centre back seam – right sides together with matching markings. Stitch and press seam allowance away from each other

7 – Pin Front (1) and Back (2) together at side seams – right sides facing with matching notches. Stitch and press seam allowance away from each other

 

The lining

8 – Repeat step 4 to 6 for lining

9 – Place lining on the inside of the skirt with wrong sides towards each other. Pin top edge together with matching notches. Baste

 

The waistband

10 – On interfaced part of Waistband (3), baste stitch marked edge with a 1.5 cm seam allowance. Press allowance with wrong side towards each other. Remove baste stitches

11 – Pin un-marked long part of Waistband (3) together – right sides together. Stitch

12 – Press seam allowance away from each other, then towards the interfaced part of Waistband. Understitch, turn Waistband right sides out and press

13 – Pin un-interfaced part of Waistband at top edge of skirt – right sides together and with matching marks. Stitch and press seam allowance away from each other, then towards waistband

 

The zipper
14 – Attach invisible zipper to skirt as described in this video from So-sew-easy

 

The hem

15 – Fold hemline of Skirt front and Skirt back towards wrong side of skirt 2 cm from edge. Press. Fold again 4 cm and press. Blind stitch the hemline

16 – Fold the hemline for Lining front and Lining back towards wrong side of lining 2 cm from edge. Press. Fold again 2 cm, press and stitch 0.5 cm from folded edge

 

Finishing

16 – Blind stitch waistband to skirt

17 – Remove any excess basting and loose threads