Acorns

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This skirt is made from another lovely watercolor print from Golly Bard’s Spoonflower shop, this time with an acorn pattern. Appropriately enough, I photographed it while visiting my parents in Oakland, under an eponymous tree.

I look forward to wearing this skirt with yellow tights and a cozy sweater as the weather gets colder in New York. But in California it still feels like summer, and hopping in and out of the tree to set the timer on my camera I got too warm for even a light cardigan. So much for pretending it’s fall here.

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This skirt is an easy one. Knife pleats are one of the easiest ways to make a full skirt. Just fold and iron the fabric to form the pleats, pin them in place, and sew them to the waistband. Knife pleats (folds that all point in the same direction) are much more forgiving than box pleats (pairs of folds facing away from each other), and easier to sew into the waistband than gathers. For the waistband, I used a 6″ strip of fabric folded in half to make a very wide 3″ band, but the pleats would work equally well with a narrower band or even a bound edge. This skirt used exactly a yard of 45″ fabric (plus a bit of something else for the pockets), a 7″ invisible zipper, and a button to close the waistband.

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