Designer Look for Less: Delfi Collective
My mouth literally dropped open when I saw this skirt. Once I found out who designed it, I ran to the website and noticed that it wasn't even for sale anymore. Not that I would be able to afford it or anything, but if I could, my poor heart would be so extremely sad. BUT on the bright side, I CAN SEW! YAY! And so, I recreated the skirt in my own way. I wish I was able to find pleated fabric for this look, but unfortunately, so I had to hand pleat the fabric myself. #ImNotAboutThisLife
Materials I used:
I purchased Lame fabric from Joann fabrics. It has a beautiful metallic finish. The regular price of this fabric was $9.99 at Joanns but, I was able to grab it on sale for $4.99/ yard. I purchased 1 yard of each color.
For the base of the skirt, I used this New Look 6544 pattern and I used a black cotton sateen fabric.
12" Invisible Zipper
When I initially started, I pinned each pleat using bullhead pins, but then I realized they were too thick and would be too tedious to use as I was sewing each pleat in place. The best pins for this project are pleating pins. They are the tiny little pins that you see in the dish in the above photo. I was able to pin each pleat and sew across them using my machine. I took my time to sew and didn't damage any needles or my machine. You can find the pins here.
I started out with a pencil skirt pattern I sewed as I normally would, minus the lining, because I added that later.
I cut 4 extra long rectangles in each of the colors I chose. (I cut out several rectangles because as you pleat, the length of the rectangles aren't as long anymore)
Prior to pleating, you must serge the edges o the fabric because the Lame will fray on you. So serge both the top and bottom edges and be sure to hem one side.
Create knife pleats either fee hand or with the perfect pleater. (Check out my video below for more details)
You start with the bottom tier first and work yourself to the top. As you add more and more tiers, The top of each tier is hidden so you will not see the top stitching of the previous tier.