Saturday, 24 May 2014

Pleated Skirt - New Look 6873


It has been a long time since I blogged, but I haven't been sat idle. No no. I have just had a very long to-do list which I am nearing the end of now. So so behind on my sewing blogs though. Which makes me sad. What have I missed?!

One of the things I managed to sew up is this skirt. It is a New Look pattern which I bought when I first immersed myself in the sewing world and it is one that I always looked at with interest when going through my patterns. Enough already! Just make it. So I did.

The pattern is 6873. Three skirt options plus trousers and shorts. I haven't managed to find many of these sewn up to have a look at, only a really light scattering. It is a great little pattern though and I am looking forward to trying the trousers.


This is view A. The tucks tugged at my heartstrings straight away so it had to be the first one I tried. I did lengthen the skirt by 6". All the reviews I managed to find said that it was a little on the risque side for length and at a finished length of 18", I was inclined to agree. 

The instructions have you finish the bottom hem first and then do the upper two tucks. I had a large space between the bottom and middle tucks following the instructions which was rectified by turning the bottom hem up by itself again. The pleats make the bottom edge of the skirt hang a little heavy, but that is okay with me.


This has been the item that has made up my mind about box pleats on me. I am against. I think they make my tummy and bottom look rounder. I will try gathers next time and maybe that will make it sit better on my bodyshape.


The dreaded zip. Can't say it is my neatest work but it has been a while since I put one in.


The instructions called for stitching in the ditch on the waist band. I wasn't up for that. I edgestitched instead this time around. Maybe I will be in a more accurate mood next time.


I didn't have to alter anything about the fit and made up a straight size 14. The waistband fits like a dream and is very comfortable. I will be making this again.

11 comments:

  1. Katy, I think the pleats are really flattering on you - they sit so well. My very first thought was how slender you look!
    Love the hemline tucks - they are so pretty. Think I may look this pattern up.....;-)

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    1. Why thank you! It must be good camera trickery from my husband.
      I will let you know how the trousers come together, I have just traced them off.

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  2. Oh my word, that is wonderful!! I love it! Where did you get the chambray from? Although, this skirt might look nice in yellow eyelet too!

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    1. Thanks Jenna! ;-) I found the chambray in my local shop (www.abakhan.co.uk) I made my daughters Badminton skirt out of it too, and I know the spots come out in the wash. But still, the fabric is very soft and light, perfect for summer.

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  3. It's perfect on you! I love your fabric choice (need to get some for me as well).

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    1. Thank you so much!
      If you can get your hands on some Lisette chambray it is very similar (and far better quality I am sure).

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  4. I don't do box pleats on myself either (though I think the skirt looks lovely on you). I really love the knife pleats at the hem. And it's perfect in the polka dots.

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    1. Thanks Masha! Seeing as the waistband fits so well, I am going to give it another go but gathered.

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  5. The skirt looks great on you! I love the pleats.:)

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    1. I just saw that when I replied to your ? about button down shirts that the email address it went to was the no-reply blogger one. oops! The shirt isn't too fitted (there's bust darts, a little shaping, and small pleats in the back at the shoulders I think) so I think you could get away with using one of the boy button down patterns in Ottobre. You could always add a little shaping through the side seams so that it isn't so straight up and down and modify a straight hem to a shirt tail hem. Good luck!

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    2. Thanks Cindy! After a bit of searching I found an Ottobre one after all. 6/2013 #17 Forest. I will make it with the collar rather than the hood. The hem is shaped on that one and so it will work, hopefully!

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