Tutorial: Pleated Skirt
So – this is some of my favourite fabric! I bought a lot when I saw it over a year ago at Ikea. Ikea, I know. The nice thing about their fabric is that it’s huge in width! This stuff is more than 80 inches across. Perfect for this project.
What you need
- fabric – a yard or two
- matching thread
First step – measure your waist. Double it. Measure your waist to where you want the skirt to hit (like right above your knee) and add 1.5 inches. Cut it out.
Second step – take your waist measurement and add 3 inches. Cut out a waistband that is 10 inches high and as long as your waist + 3 inches.
Now – time for pleats!!
I was pretty precise in measuring out my pleats since I wanted the skirt to look as professional as possible. Lay out your skirt and measure 2 inches. Fold the fabric back 1 inch creating your first pleat – pin. The next pleat should start in 2 inches.
So…each pleat measures 1 inch. The distance between each pleat is 2 inches. Follow?
Once it’s all pleated and pinned measure it around your waist. Does it fit? If so, serge or top stitch. If not, make your pleats a little smaller (like .75 inches) and try again.
Oddly enough, you’re almost done! haha.
Fold the waistband in half length wise (hot dog style). Attach the waistband to the pleated part of the skirt – right sides together. If you’re working with stripes, make sure you’re as accurate as possible. I kept checking mine.
Serge or top stitch.
Now, measure the skirt around your waist and pin where it fits and feels snug (the zipper will give you an extra 0.5-1 inch).
Baste along that line.
Fold back the fabric on the inside of the skirt and install the zipper (mine is 8 inches), just like I did in the pillow case tutorial (visit if you need a refresher). Pin in place and use your zipper foot to attach.
The back side of the zipper will be exposed, but on the front side you’ll have to open that seam your basted to expose the zipper. Looking good!
Pull all the little threads out and secure the top of the zipper. Make it all neat.
Hem up the skirt – be sure to serge or zig-zag over the fabric first, you don’t want it to fray.
Now you have a fun spring or summer skirt to wear! Only took about 1 hour.
I’m excited to make this skirt in a few different fabrics with a few different sizes of pleats…oh, the possibilities.
Also – special thanks to my husband who took some photos for this post and the one yesterday…such a delightful photographer!
Enjoy this fabulous Wednesday.