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How to sew horizontal pleats
Pleats are such a beautiful sewing detail to add to any clothing. They can add to the design element of any garment. Today I’m very excited for the first sewing tutorial to show you how to add a wide horizontal pleat to a skirt.

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  • How to sew a pleat. Diy:  Horizontal Pleats - Step 1
    Step 1

    First, find a skirt or dress that you would like to add a pleat to (or you can make one from scratch).

    Depending on how wide you want your pleats, you’ll want the skirt to be a little longer than where you want your hemline to hit. For each pleat, you’ll want to add double the length of the pleat to your hemline. I’m adding two, 1.5 inch pleats to my skirt, so I’m adding 6 inches to my hemline.

  • How to sew a pleat. Diy:  Horizontal Pleats - Step 2
    Step 2

    Measure where you want to place the top of your first pleat and mark it using either sewing pins or tailors chalks. (I’d suggest using pins so no marks show).

  • How to sew a pleat. Diy:  Horizontal Pleats - Step 3
    Step 3

    After you’ve marked the correct length, finish marking all the way around the skirt. Then mark the second line for your first pleat.

  • How to sew a pleat. Diy:  Horizontal Pleats - Step 4
    Step 4

    Match up both of the line marks that you just made and pin together.

  • How to sew a pleat. Diy:  Horizontal Pleats - Step 5
    Step 5

    Sew them together on the right side of the fabric, using the long stitch setting on your sewing machine.

  • How to sew a pleat. Diy:  Horizontal Pleats - Step 6
    Step 6

    Press down your pleat with an iron so the line is nice and crisp.

  • How to sew a pleat. Diy:  Horizontal Pleats - Step 7
    Step 7

    Congrats! You’ve got your first pleat done. Isn’t she a beauty?

  • How to sew a pleat. Diy:  Horizontal Pleats - Step 8
    Step 8

    Now just mark where you’d like your second pleat to start and follow the same steps again until your second pleat is finished.

    And Tada! Now you can go pleat crazy!

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Steph.
Steph. · Reading, England, GB · 212 projects
It's very good Happy can you do a how-to for the whole dress sometime? And I love the photoshoots that you did by the way ^^
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