I wonder where I got them.
I found this very cute skirt at Goodwill last spring; it's from Banana Republic (as you can see), and looked hardly worn at all. The one problem was that it had a slit in the front that went more than halfway up my thigh - hardly appropriate for teaching!
(I'd show a "before" picture, but we took them at night, and the colors are all wonky. Plus, I look extremely goofy in every shot but the one above. Which, you will note, does not have me in it).
I'd been meaning to sew it up ever since I bought it (last spring), but just hadn't gotten around to it. Until one day last week, when I decided I absolutely had to do something productive that evening. I pulled it out and started discussing with Sukie where I would have to sew the slit to make it both decent and functional, when Lorraine piped in: "Why don't you put some of your cute fabric in there?"
What followed was an extremely scientific, highly precise alteration project.
First, I laid my skirt out on my fabric (quilting, from my stash) and stretched out the slit until it looked like the right length for the job. I then cut out a square of fabric that was stretched-slit long by slit-length-high.
You can see the high degree of precision I'm talking about here.
Then I sewed it in. I'm not sure I really remember how I did this - it involved a lot of trial and error, pinning the two together, seeing if it looked right, deciding it didn't, trying again... But, once it was in, it looked like this:
Isn't that nice?
I'm calling it a kick pleat; I'm not sure if that's the proper term. Is it?
I wore it to school last week and got many compliments. I exercised some remarkable self-restraint, and only bragged about my alteration job three times. We took a few pictures of it in action, but they were at the end of the day again, so the skirt looks a bit tired (more to the point, so do I). Note to self: take pictures in daylight, before you spend eight hours wrinkling your clothing.
But you get the general idea.