Hey! The biggest thing to remember about Sayaka’s skirt is to NOT freak out over it :) It’s a simple pleated skirt with a short side to it!
When I made her magical girl outfit I wish I had put more of a slant to my pattern, so make sure you make a quick mock up before you cut everything from your good pattern.
Here’s a quick image of how I patterned mine! Remember, you want to make sure it has a very defined slant :)
Cut two of these pieces and attach them to their respective sides!
For the white part, I just added a strip of white fabric to the bottom on the skirt. You may need to adjust the side seams of the white strip so it lines up properly when putting the two pieces together :)
Here are also a few tutorials on pleating to help you out! When I made Sayaka (my first pleated skirt @.@) I didn’t know that you should use starch when pleating! Make sure to pick some up. They sell it anywhere you can find laundry detergent (it’ll be that aisle)
Good luck :) And let us know how it turns out!!
*Then sew one of the sides together (either long side or short side, leave the side you want the zipper on open)
*Finish any unfinished edges FIRST! Finishing already pleated fabric is a pain.
* TADA! :D
(Lindsay’s description is better, but I just wanted to add the steps to take in order :) )
This isn’t rude at all!! This is a very intelligent question, actually, and since I sort of taught myself to line, I’m actually excited to share my knowledge on the subject.
I don’t know if you’re aware of the sewing technique known as “facing”, but I also do this a lot, and the idea is roughly the same. Basically you do this:
Lining works very similarly! You essentially sew the real garment out of your chosen fashion fabric, then sew an exactly inside-out version of it out of lining. You attach it everywhere possible “inside out”, leaving one seam open so you can turn the whole thing right-side out.
Your last seam is always going to be either hand-tacked shut, or is going to have a visible seam on the outside of the lining. This isn’t a bad thing! This is how PHYSICS WORK. You can’t possibly keep everything inside itself, unless you use a slipstich/ladderstitch to close the final seam through which you flip everything inside out.
Pick a seam that won’t be visible, ever (usually the seam running down the inside-back, or perhaps around the neckline of something where having external seams can be decorative or even intentional) to be the spot where you flip your garment inside out and sew the final seam shut.
PLEASE NOTE I am entirely self-taught, so any feedback or critique about incorrect techniques from fashion students or better seamstresses is welcome! Thank you <3
Hope this helps!