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Give your Lady Skater a different look with a pleated skirt
Knit dresses are a wardrobe staple of mine and my favorite pattern in the Lady Skater by Kitschy Coo. You can purchase this pattern here http://kitschycoo.bigcartel.com/product/the-lady-skater-sewing-pattern-for-teens-and-women. This pattern lends it's self to all kinds of style tweaks. In this version I've added small box pleats to the waistline to give the skirt a different look. Sample is sewn in a sweater knit.

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  • How to sew a skater dress. Lady Skater With Pleated Skirt - Step 1
    Step 1

    To add pleats to the skirt trace the pattern and label the CF.

  • How to sew a skater dress. Lady Skater With Pleated Skirt - Step 2
    Step 2

    From the CF measure over to mark the placement for your first pleat. I used the distance of 2 1/4"

  • How to sew a skater dress. Lady Skater With Pleated Skirt - Step 3
    Step 3

    From the first pleat placement mark, measure over another 2 1/4" and mark for the second pleat.

  • How to sew a skater dress. Lady Skater With Pleated Skirt - Step 4
    Step 4

    Use the pleat marks to draw two lines down through the length of the skirt.

  • How to sew a skater dress. Lady Skater With Pleated Skirt - Step 5
    Step 5

    Cut along these lines from the waist almost through to the hem. Leave a little paper hinge at the hemline.

  • How to sew a skater dress. Lady Skater With Pleated Skirt - Step 6
    Step 6

    Place some scrap paper behind the skirt pattern and start spreading open the cut areas. These will be your pleats. I decided to make my pleats the width of 2 1/4" as well.

  • How to sew a skater dress. Lady Skater With Pleated Skirt - Step 7
    Step 7

    Measure at the waistline edge and tape down the skirt pattern when the cut areas are as wide as you want them.

  • How to sew a skater dress. Lady Skater With Pleated Skirt - Step 8
    Step 8

    In the pleat area measure down 2" from the waist edge and draw in a parallel line. This is the bottom of your pleat.

  • How to sew a skater dress. Lady Skater With Pleated Skirt - Step 9
    Step 9

    Mark the center of the pleat both at the top edge and at the bottom edge of the pleat. In my example the middle is 1 1/8". Draw a line to connect them.

  • How to sew a skater dress. Lady Skater With Pleated Skirt - Step 10
    Step 10

    On the bottom edge of the pleat measure out from the center mark (1 1/8") to mark the outside edges of the pleat. Connect these marks with the top cut edges of the pleat area. Now you have a nice box pleat marking. The pleats will be folded to the center so you can draw arrows to remind yourself of this.

  • How to sew a skater dress. Lady Skater With Pleated Skirt - Step 11
    Step 11

    Fold the pleats closed, like how you will sew them, pin in place.

  • How to sew a skater dress. Lady Skater With Pleated Skirt - Step 12
    Step 12

    Cut the excess paper off across the waistline. Remove the pins and flatten out your pattern again.

  • How to sew a skater dress. Lady Skater With Pleated Skirt - Step 13
    Step 13

    Down at the hem you'll need to "true" up the curve a bit because there will be small lumps from the adjustment. Add a little extra paper and draw in a smooth hem curve.

  • How to sew a skater dress. Lady Skater With Pleated Skirt - Step 14
    Step 14

    Trim off any excess paper and your pattern is done.

  • Step 15

    The garment pictured also has had the neckline changed to a boat neck. Refer to the Boat neck tutorial for directions on how to modify the pattern.

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