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.
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 skirt: Pattern – children’s skirt PARADISE (sizes 80 – 164)
Pattern set: Patterns for women’s & children’s skirt Pattern set PARADISE
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 the pleated skirt step by step
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:
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
Extra parts of the front piece are cut off.
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.
Reinforce the pocket openings on both pocket pieces (front and back parts of both pockets).
Use cca 2 cm wide strip of one-sided fusible interfacing.
Sewing the skirt
Lay pocket pieces on the front piece (face sides to face side) and pin the pocket opening.
Sew the opening with straight seam.
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.
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.
Sew the pocket pouches. If you have an overlock, you can sew and clean the cutting edges in one go.
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.
Sew the side seams. Again, you can use an overlock to do this.
Now is the right time to prepare the belt. Fold the belt piece in half (face side in). Sew the shorter sides.
Fold the belt in half lengthwise (face side out).
Pin the belt to the center points of the front and back skirt pieces.
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.
Fold the folds towards the sides (away from the center of the skirt).
That is how you make a simple pleating fold.
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.
That is to avoid bulging under the pocket opening.
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.
The back piece looks similar, but there are no pocket pouches.
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.
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.
Fold the hem in half lengthwise (face side out).
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.
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.
Then pin the rest of the circumference evenly.
And sew. Again, you can use an overlock straight away to do this. Pull free ends of thread chain under the loops.
Turn the skirt on the face side and wear it with a smile! 🙂
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:
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