Winter red soft pleated waist skirt

A skirt with soft deep pleats near the waistline in thick boiled wool? Lucky I have a teenage daughter! This style is perfect for her.

Technical details

BurdaStyle 11-2011-116A

Size: 34-42, I made a 38 for my daughter

Fabric: Boiled wool from the stash, also used for a skirt for me sometime in the distant past pre-blogging. This wool has lovely drape even though it is medium to heavy weight. Lined with acetate.

Changes I made:

I added a lining. I drafted this by using the facing as the guide for the top and then adding length to match the outer fabric skirt length, and adding fullness by using the bottom skirt width as a guide. This gave me an A line skirt piece. I used the outer fabric for the facing, interfaced it and then sewed my lining to the facing.

The skirt has a 4 cm wide piece of elastic sewn to the top of the facing and this keeps the skirt snug at the waist while still allowing the pleats to fall softly. It’s a clever design.

Look at the stripe matching on her Zara top- us sewists would do a much better job!

Felicity loved the styling in the magazine photo so we recreated it with the striped top, tights and boots. The pose, however, is all her.

7 thoughts on “Winter red soft pleated waist skirt

  1. This is so cute, I remember when I was thin enough to wear something with such a bulky waist! The colour is lovely and really suits your lovely daughter.

  2. Your daughter is so adorable. I love the pairing of the skirt with the striped top and those super cute booties. So very “French.”

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