Parent-Teacher Night Skirt

by brae  

Being an admirer of fashion (well, good fashion), I often e-window shop and find delightful creations that I save photos of in an idea file.  I've even been known to save photos of paper dolls that had fantastic clothing.  :]  These are things I get inspiration from, pull elements from for other projects, or one day hope to find the time, proper fabric and pattern that allow me to reproduce them on my own.

One of the hundreds of items in my idea file is the Parent-Teacher Night Skirt from Anthropologie.  I'm not sure when this was in the stores, but my electronic file is dated October 2008.

I think it's a rather classic design, so my version finished here in January 2011 still seems current and wearable to me.  In honesty, I cut this skirt out and marked the pleats sometime back and am now just getting around to sewing it together.  I think it was all the pleats and topstitching that put me off so long.  Wouldn't you know, it took longer to mark them all than it did to sew them all up.

I couldn't even tell you what the fabric is - some sort of blend with a nice weight to it.  I will likely stitch the inner edges of the lower pleats to make the line of the skirt neater; it looks fine on the mannequin, but on me the bottom sticks out a bit in random places.

The fabric sash is silk.  I remember seeing the original garment in the store and not caring for the skirt fabric - it was too brown and had a fuzzy quality.  I had wished it were more reminiscent of menswear, so that's why I chose these fabrics.

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I topstitched the pleats 12 inches down from the top edge.  It adds nice detailing and also keeps all the pleats in place on the inside.

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I used Butterick 4686 as a basis for the skirt with very little modification - just added topstitching and pressed the pleats flat to the bottom edge.  The sash was made from another pattern in my collection, but I don't recall which one.


Comment from: Jessica [Visitor]
Very cute! I really love the juxtaposition of the silk ribbon and the menswear fabric pleats.
01/13/11 @ 23:57
Comment from: Lyssa [Visitor]
That is a great skirt, Brae! I love it. Definitely the sort of wardrobe addition I would like to have when the kids are less...sticky. :D
01/14/11 @ 12:06
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thanks so much! :>>
01/15/11 @ 09:53

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