How to sew pleated skirt (+ pattern for women’s and children’s skirt)

I’ve prepared a new pattern for women’s and children’s skirt and, of course, a detailed photo instructions on how to sew the skirt step by step. The pattern is easy to sew and very variable, so I can recommend it to beginners. The skirt has a prominent bottom hem, contrasting waist and side pockets.

How to sew pleated skirt + pattern – women’s and children’s skirt

Pattern for the pleated skirt is now available in our online store:

Women’s skirt: Pattern – women’s skirt PARADISE (sizes 32 – 60)

Children’s skirtPattern – children’s skirt PARADISE (sizes 80 – 164)

Pattern set: Patterns for women’s & children’s skirt Pattern set PARADISE

Recommended material

For sewing the skirt, I recommend using thin or medium knits (elastic materials), such as cotton knit, Ponte Roma fabric, or possibly a thinner elastic uncombed tracksuit fabric.

Required amount of material

You will receive the information about required amount of material along with the pattern.

How to sew pleated skirt (+ pattern – women’s and children’s skirt)

How to sew the pleated skirt step by step

Suggestion

It’s ideal to sew this skirt on overlock, but don’t worry if you don’t have one, it can easily be sewn on an ordinary sewing machine too. Just follow these steps:

Sewing elastic fabrics on regular sewing machine – 4 steps to success

How to sew pleated skirt + pattern – women’s and children’s skirt

Cuts preparation

According to the paper pattern prepare:

  • 1x back piece (folded fabric cut)
  • 1x front piece (folded fabric cut)
    (it’s the same as the back piece, but you need to cut off extra parts to prepare pocket openings)
  • 2x bottom hem
  • 2x pocket piece with opening
  • 2x whole pocket piece
  • 1x belt piece
How to sew pleated skirt

Extra parts of the front piece are cut off.

How to sew pleated skirt
How to sew pleated skirt
How to sew pleated skirt

Note the marks on the waistline of the front and back pieces. These will help you to space out the folds of the pleating evenly. Transfer the marks on the front and back pieces.

How to sew pleated skirt

Reinforce the pocket openings on both pocket pieces (front and back parts of both pockets).

How to sew pleated skirt

Use cca 2 cm wide strip of one-sided fusible interfacing.

How to sew pleated skirt

Sewing the skirt

Lay pocket pieces on the front piece (face sides to face side) and pin the pocket opening.

How to sew pleated skirt

Sew the opening with straight seam.

How to sew pleated skirt

Fold the pocket piece to the reverse side of the front piece, then stitch and iron it so that it’s not peeking out. Pin the opening in the right position and topstitch it.

How to sew pleated skirt
How to sew pleated skirt
How to sew pleated skirt
How to sew pleated skirt
How to sew pleated skirt

Flip the front piece over so you can see the pocket piece. Lay whole pocket piece over the pocket piece with the opening and pin them to create the pocket pouch.

How to sew pleated skirt
How to sew pleated skirt

Sew the pocket pouches. If you have an overlock, you can sew and clean the cutting edges in one go.

How to sew pleated skirt
How to sew pleated skirt
How to sew pleated skirt

Do the other pocket in the same way. Lay the back piece over the front piece (face side to face side) and pin both side seams.

How to sew pleated skirt

Sew the side seams. Again, you can use an overlock to do this.

How to sew pleated skirt

Now is the right time to prepare the belt. Fold the belt piece in half (face side in). Sew the shorter sides.

How to sew pleated skirt

Fold the belt in half lengthwise (face side out).

How to sew pleated skirt

Pin the belt to the center points of the front and back skirt pieces.

How to sew pleated skirt

Now you need to do the folds of the pleating by joining two adjacent marks. I recommend starting from the center of the front or back skirt piece and moving towards the sides.

How to sew pleated skirt

Fold the folds towards the sides (away from the center of the skirt).

How to sew pleated skirt

That is how you make a simple pleating fold.

How to sew pleated skirt
How to sew pleated skirt

Do all the folds in this way – they are all pointed from center towards the sides of the skirt (from the face side view). Except for the last fold of the front piece (near the pocket), point that one in opposite direction – towards the center.

How to sew pleated skirt
How to sew pleated skirt

That is to avoid bulging under the pocket opening.

How to sew pleated skirt

Loosely lay the pocket pouch over the folds of the front piece. There will be a layer of belt, then the front part with folds and then the pocket pouch.

How to sew pleated skirt
How to sew pleated skirt
How to sew pleated skirt

The back piece looks similar, but there are no pocket pouches.

How to sew pleated skirt
How to sew pleated skirt
How to sew pleated skirt

Sew the belt to the skirt around the entire waistline. You will be sewing through top parts of the pockets pouches too (in the front piece of the skirt). Again, you can use overlock straight away. In that case, pull free ends of the thread chain under the loops.

How to sew pleated skirt
How to sew pleated skirt
How to sew pleated skirt
How to sew pleated skirt

Now let’s look at the wide bottom hem. There are two hem pieces. Lay them over each other (face side to face side) and sew them together in shorter sides.

How to sew pleated skirt
How to sew pleated skirt

Fold the hem in half lengthwise (face side out).

How to sew pleated skirt

You can temporarily pin the belt halves to each other in the side seams and other two quarter points of the circumference. I recommend spreading the hem on the table and checking that it is not over-stretched / folded unevenly. Iron the lengthwise folded hem before sewing.

How to sew pleated skirt

The bottom hem has the same circumference as the skirt, so it should be very easy to sew it to the skirt. Pin the side seams of the hem to the side seams of the skirt and quarter-point marks on the hem to the center points of the back and front pieces of the skirt.

How to sew pleated skirt
How to sew pleated skirt

Then pin the rest of the circumference evenly.

How to sew pleated skirt
How to sew pleated skirt

And sew. Again, you can use an overlock straight away to do this. Pull free ends of thread chain under the loops.

How to sew pleated skirt
How to sew pleated skirt

Turn the skirt on the face side and wear it with a smile! 🙂

How to sew pleated skirt

Just to remind you, you can get the pattern for this skirt in a children’s or women’s version, or together in a convenient set:

Pattern for children’s skirt PARADISE (sizes 80 – 164)

Pattern for women’s skirt PARADISE (sizes 32 – 60)

Pattern set – women’s and children’s skirt PARADISE

If you have a moment, leave a comment about how you liked the skirt pattern and today’s instructions below the article.

Have a nice day, Peťa

Pattern set: women’s & children’s pleated skirt (+ sewing instructions)
Pattern set: women’s & children’s pleated skirt (+ sewing instructions)
Pattern set: women’s & children’s pleated skirt (+ sewing instructions)
Pattern set: women’s & children’s pleated skirt (+ sewing instructions)
Pattern set: women’s & children’s pleated skirt (+ sewing instructions)
Pattern set: women’s & children’s pleated skirt (+ sewing instructions)

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*