I love, and hate this skirt. Let’s focus on the love by ogling this lovely skirt in its finished form:
I love how it turned out. I love how it feels when I wear it and how it swishes around. I love that I will be able to wear leggings under it when I wear this costume outside.
And really, there is more to love than to hate. Attaching the gathered skirt to the yoke was a breeze; sewing the waistband onto the yoke was easy peasy. Even the zipper was non-offensive.
However, the pleats at the bottom are a different story. OMG, Lord have mercy on me.
To start off, let me tell you that I am incredibly glad that I own a rolled hem foot. If you are going to make this costume, you are going to want to purchase one of these. The pleated section is NINE yards long, (27 feet! 8.23 meters!) and it needs to be hemmed before you really begin the
I tried making a pleater board to help streamline the pleat pressing process. Unfortunately, getting the fabric properly INTO the board without pulling pleats out of previous areas and pressing the fabric in a fashion that retains the pleats when you remove it from the board is outside of my scope of knowledge.
Awesome time saver in theory, but it didn’t work for me. If someone
could tell me the trick to making this tool operational, I would be very
glad to know it!
After that failed, I traveled on to the journey of pressing over 200 pleats by hand over the course of 3 hours (Mr. 5 says he thinks it took longer; he could easily be right). Technically, I should’ve ended up with 216 pleats, but I am just not that patient or exact – I think I had about 208 when I was done.
While it was mind numbingly, painfully boring, the effect is pretty spectacular.
Additional, important note: as mentioned by many folks on Pattern Review, the length of this skirt is appropriate only if you are freakishly tall, or perhaps “all legs.” I’m 5’4″ and I cut 3″ off of the main portion of the skirt, as well as 1/2″ to an inch off of the pleated section and this thing is floor length on me. If you’re around my height and want an ankle length skirt, I’d cut 4 to 5 inches off in total. No jokin’.
2/3 done with my costume! Now on to the hard part: the jacket. I’ve really only a few of days to slap this thing together, so wish me luck (just got it cut out on 10/23!)
*Update* See the completed outfit here.