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super quick and easy pleated skirt!
well this is my first tutorial, so bear with me! I used plaid woven fabrics for my skirts, the first is a polyester-rayon blend and the second is a cotton flannel. feel free to use whatever you please; flannel, suitings, bottomweights, quilting cotton, whatever! I just don't know how well this would work with knits or slippery satins. feel free to try though :3 on to the tutorial!

Posted by Trudy from U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, United States • Published
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  • How to sew a pleated skirt. Simple Pleated Skirt - Step 1
    Step 1

    measure and cut!
    your pieces should be as follows:
    waistband: 8" x your hip measurement+2"
    skirt piece: 10" x waistband*2

  • How to sew a pleated skirt. Simple Pleated Skirt - Step 2
    Step 2

    if you don't want to cut the skirt piece along the length of your fabric, you can piece it together. this tutorial pieces it together, and as a result the zipper will be along the side. if you want to cut it along the length, the zipper will be in the back.
    to piece it together, just cut two pieces 10" x (waistband). in this tutorial we will be piecing it together.

  • How to sew a pleated skirt. Simple Pleated Skirt - Step 3
    Step 3

    sew the skirt pieces together along one short end.

  • How to sew a pleated skirt. Simple Pleated Skirt - Step 4
    Step 4

    start pleating! begin two or three inches in from the raw edge. fold the fabric over, and then back over itself, overlapping by one inch. think of it like making a "Z"

  • How to sew a pleated skirt. Simple Pleated Skirt - Step 5
    Step 5

    pin down the pleat!

  • How to sew a pleated skirt. Simple Pleated Skirt - Step 6
    Step 6

    move over one inch and make another pleat.

  • How to sew a pleated skirt. Simple Pleated Skirt - Step 7
    Step 7

    continue pleating until you get about three inches from the end.

  • How to sew a pleated skirt. Simple Pleated Skirt - Step 8
    Step 8

    baste the pleats down!

  • How to sew a pleated skirt. Simple Pleated Skirt - Step 9
    Step 9

    yay =]

  • How to sew a pleated skirt. Simple Pleated Skirt - Step 10
    Step 10

    lay your waistband piece onto the skirt piece, right sides together. have the edge of the waistband piece about two inches away from the first pleat. I had a little extra on one end =]

  • How to sew a pleated skirt. Simple Pleated Skirt - Step 11
    Step 11

    sew using a 1/2" seam.

  • How to sew a pleated skirt. Simple Pleated Skirt - Step 12
    Step 12

    trim off any excess!

  • How to sew a pleated skirt. Simple Pleated Skirt - Step 13
    Step 13

    open up the skirt and align the raw edges, right sides together.

  • How to sew a pleated skirt. Simple Pleated Skirt - Step 14
    Step 14

    BASTE from the top of the waistband to the seam where the skirt piece begins. switch to regular stitch length and sew down to the hem.

  • How to sew a pleated skirt. Simple Pleated Skirt - Step 15
    Step 15

    lay your skirt out as pictured, opening up the seam allowance.

  • How to sew a pleated skirt. Simple Pleated Skirt - Step 16
    Step 16

    lay the zipper FACEDOWN on the seam allowance, aligning the top of the zipper tape with the raw edge and pin in place.

  • How to sew a pleated skirt. Simple Pleated Skirt - Step 17
    Step 17

    sew the zipper to the skirt.

  • How to sew a pleated skirt. Simple Pleated Skirt - Step 18
    Step 18

    rip out the basted seam with a seam ripper, exposing the zipper teeth.

  • How to sew a pleated skirt. Simple Pleated Skirt - Step 19
    Step 19

    tada, perfect zipper!

  • Step 20

    add darts, trim, binding, hooks & eyes, and any other little pretties as you please. I added darts to both my skirts, and binding and a hook & eye to the first one I made.

    that's the end!

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