About a year and a half ago, I came across this pin on Pinterest on making a long prairie skirt using the top of a pair of jeans as a yoke and attaching a big rectangle of fabric. I fell in love at once and decided that I just had to make one for myself. I even had a pair of old jean cut-offs that still fit but I never used anymore that would be perfect for this project. I then chose a striped crib sheet that I’d gotten at my local used market for the bottom.
But as I looked in the mirror, holding up the fabric to myself to determine the length I wanted, I remembered that I really don’t like maxi skirts. I mean, I love them on other people, but I can’t stand wearing them myself. The fabric gets in the way and I end up hitching up the skirt all the time. (Which is why I’m considering shortening this long skirt I refashioned from an ill-fitting dress.) So in the end I decided to go for a knee-length skirt (my favorite length) with box pleats, using the jean shorts as a yoke, though I used a different technique to attach the two parts.
If you’d like to make a box pleated skirt like this, just keep on reading! Read more