In case you don’t know, our Sandra is a regular contributor to Peppermint Magazine’s Sewing School. I really like the origami skirt from the Autum 2011 issue. It’s been that long before I’ve had time to sit down and do some concentrated sewing. So, last night, I downloaded the pattern and instructions.
Sandra says you should use plain fabric, but this Ikea print seemed like it would work, and it’s sturdy enough to hold the funky 3D pleats. And I have a contrary streak. She also says to interface the waistband, I figured my fabric needed no more stiffening, so I didn’t.
First you cut out six pairs of this boot-like shape. The pattern works for a series of sizes, but to customise, measure your waist, divide by 12, and grade the pattern piece to that measurement at the waist. You can also lengthen or shorten.
Then sew the pairs of boots together, long edge to long edge, then each pair to each other pair, short edge to short edge. This is where it gets three dimensional. I french-seamed the pieces, but this came unstuck when I got to the putting the zip in bit. So I zig-zagged that final seam – it’s not pretty, but it’s not going to go anywhere.
Turn over the waistband and the hem and you’re done.
And here’s the reason for the title of this post. Unmistakeable, aren’t they?!