Damask Brocade Skirt



damsask brocade skirt

Shirt: Gap    Shoes: Madewell

Inspired by this lovely skirt, I decided to make a similar one using Melissa Esplin’s box-pleat skirt tutorial.

damsask brocade skirt

damsask brocade skirt
She literally posted this the DAY I was starting on the skirt so that made my life about 10x easier. I like to think that it’s because we’re on the same wavelength but well, it’s Melissa Esplin, so let’s not get carried away here. Haha, I was really thankful for the tutorial, though. (Thanks Melissa!) It was super simple to follow and I didn’t change anything except that I made my pleats a little closer together. (3″ instead of 4″ to be exact.)

damsask brocade skirt
The beautiful damask brocade is from Mood Fabrics. This is actually technically the wrong side of it, but the right side was more gold colored and I’m all goldened-out for the time being. (Pretty sure that’s not a word but I’m going with it. :) Luckily the wrong side is just as beautiful as the right so that will be my own little secret, I guess! You can slightly tell when you compare the texture for both sides but I don’t think anyone’s going to be doing that anytime soon, so I think I’m good.

The closer is an invisible side zipper. I love this part about the skirt, I always get so happy when I use an invisible zipper and it actually works out. Ha, I don’t have an invisible zipper foot so I always prepare for the worst, I guess, and plus my mom doesn’t even know how to use them! Mind blown. I thought she knew how to do everything! Anyway, everything she doesn’t know how to do automatically brings the intimidating/difficulty factor up for me by about 100 points, so that explains that.

damsask brocade skirt

I did a wide 1″ hem and was pleasantly surprised that the thick brocade held up to that without any puckering or anything.  Yes I know I probably should have blind stitched it but there was a date that was looming and I wanted to wear this so the quickest/easiest way it was. (Luckily the date and the skirt both worked out perfectly so I’m happy. :)

damsask brocade skirt

I have a feeling I am going to be wearing this skirt all the time this summer. (Yay!)

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  • Lauren
    June 5, 2013

    Very pretty- and perfect for a date! I agree, I like the wrong side better too :) but girl, get you an invisible zipper foot! They’re not terribly expensive (and PROTIP: don’t buy that funky plastic ~universal~ one, it’s awful. Get one specific for your machine!) and it makes sewing in zips perfect the first time. I was skeptical too, but I’m a convert now. Plus, you can totally use it as a piping foot for teeny tiny piping ;)

    • Haylee
      June 12, 2013

      Ok Lauren I would just like you to know that you are the reason I now am a proud owner of a zipper foot!! haha seriously before your comment I always thought they were way expensive or something, definitely wrong-it cost me like $10 bucks! And it’s a metal one too just for the record, I took your advice there too. :) So in short, thanks for being awesome and setting me straight!

  • Lori
    June 5, 2013

    Love this on you and I like the wrong side, too. It is perfect with your denim shirt and I think the hem treatment is fine. I agree with Lauren, go buy an invisible zipper foot for your machine, it will make a world a difference.

    • Haylee
      June 12, 2013

      Thanks Lori!

  • Sarah Gunn
    June 5, 2013

    Such a pretty skirt, Haylee! It looks terrific with the denim shirt.

    • Haylee
      June 12, 2013

      Thanks Sarah! I wasn’t sure about the shirt at first so that means a lot, thanks. :)

  • Carolyn
    June 5, 2013

    I love how you paired the skirt with the denim shirt! Tres cool! And great job on the skirt!

    • Haylee
      June 12, 2013

      Thanks so much Carolyn!

  • Amanda S.
    June 5, 2013

    It’s a great little skirt and perfect for a date night!

    • Haylee
      June 12, 2013

      Thanks Amanda! I know I guess that just means I need to find more boys to take me out now. ;)

  • Kacie
    June 5, 2013

    Haylee this is EXQUISITE! You did such a great job of interpreting your inspiration photo to suit you…it’s absolutely gorgeous. The fabric is stunning – I never would have known that wasn’t the “right” side because it looks all kinds of right in your pictures lol. And your styling is just perfect too. Now I want my own box-pleated skirt! Amazing job as always!

    • Haylee
      June 12, 2013

      Kacie you are the sweetest person ever, this comment was the nicest thing. Especially coming from you of course (still dying over your amazing watercolor Elisalex.) thanks again girl!

  • esther
    June 6, 2013

    Gorgeous skirt! I had a question on the tutorial, specifically about the pleats.
    How wide is each pleat? I get that they’re supposed to be 3 or 4 inches apart, but how do I figure out how wide each pleat should be?
    Thanks in advance!

    • Haylee
      June 12, 2013

      Hi Esther! Ya I was confused about that too. I think Melissa maybe forgot to mention it (or I’m just dumb and didn’t understand how she worded it) but either way, I just ended up sort of winging it as I went. My pleats are 3″ apart yes and then I think I folded over each side of the pleat by 1 1/2″? I’m having a hard time remembering exactly and it’s hard to tell on the skirt now since it’s already sewn but I’m pretty sure it was 1 1/2″, or 1 3/4″ maybe, so 3″ (or 3 1/2″) total for each pleat. My skirt was still way too wide after this though so then I just adjusted the side seams until it fit me. So in short, if you’re making this for yourself then you can still get by with just customizing the fit as you go. If you’re making it for someone else that can’t try it on it front of you then I’d suggest asking Melissa directly about how she did it. I’d ask her but I noticed in the comments of the tutorial someone already did so I feel kind of stupid asking again. haha

      Thanks Esther! If you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to ask. Seriously, I promise I’m not just saying that. :)

  • Ginger
    June 6, 2013

    Adorable! I love this! The wrong side is just as pretty as the right! So sweet!

    • Haylee
      June 12, 2013

      Thanks so much Sonja!

  • Kay
    June 10, 2013

    It is quite lovely and looks very good on you!!

    • Haylee
      June 12, 2013

      Thanks Kay!