I've said before that I like to alter patterns I already have to get a style I want. This particular alteration is super simple to pull off. Today we're adding two box pleats to the front of a basic A-line skirt.
This skirt is my 1st grader's. She loves to wear it with wild patterned tights. When I made it, I accidentally cut out two (you know how you are supposed to fold the fabric in half most of the time when you lay out a pattern? yeah. Not this one.) oh well. My loss. Your gain. I'm going to sew my extra skirt up for one person who comments on this post. One entry for commenting. One extra entry for linking to my blog in your blog. Let my know in the comments that you've linked. I'll let my little girl draw a name out of a hat. My teenage daughter likes hats. We have several around here these days.
This skirt is a size 4-5 with a finished length of 12 1/4". I can sew the waist to whatever measurement you wish.
So, how deep is the pleat? Quadruple that measurement and add that amount to the skirt front. For this skirt I wanted 1" pleats, so I added 4 inches. 1x4=4.
If the front piece is laid on the fold you'll push the pattern piece back from the fold half the added amount. If you are adding 4" to the skirt front you want the pattern edge 2" from the fold. Be sure to measure both at the top of the pattern piece and the bottom.
If your pattern has a full piece for the skirt front, you'll need to split the pattern down the center. Evenly spread the pattern pieces apart the amount you want added to the skirt front. In this case the pieces had a 4" gap between them. Do be sure you keep the pattern piece lined up with the grain line in the fabric for both front pieces.
Now cut out the skirt front.