Sunday, 7 December 2014

DIY Pleated Skirt

Hello! So about a week ago I was inspired by Carbon Chic to learn how to make my own pleated skirt. I had always been scared of sewing pleats - but now I know that it's actually much easier than you might think! In this video, I have tried to explain how to make a style of pleats called "knife pleats" - the same type that is popular in American Apparel skirts right now - as simply as possible. Enjoy, and let me know what you think of the video!

I hope you're all having a great weekend,







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20 comments:

  1. This skirt is soo cute! I just need to see if I have any fabric to make this with... if not I shall definitely go charity shopping to find some <3

    The Quirky Queer

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    1. Welp my fabric is just an old bedsheet, so you can pretty much use anything :P A tip, though, try and find fabric that doesn't crinkle easily - otherwise you'll forever be ironing your pleats!

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  2. I'm going to try this right now. :) I'm 20 inches short on fabric, so I'll just make new calculations for the pleats. Wish me luck! :)

    vegcourtesy.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh my goodness, good luck! Let me know how you do the measurements & how it works out! If you leave a bit more space between each pleat (so like, 2 inches between marks 3 and 1), you should be fine :)

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  3. Pleated skirts are awesome! \o/ I like the way yours turned out, I should probably consider sewing down the pleats a bit to make them look sharper.

    I made a couple of pleated skirts this fall, but I didn't measure the pleats, I just folded them over because I'm lazy :D I also usually start the pleats from the middle of the fabric and make the pleats go inwards from two directions, just because I like the way it looks better :)

    While making a waistband I've stopped using the method you use and instead started making waistbands that encase the upper edge of the skirt - it's a better way if the upper edge is fraying because then it's hidden within the waistband! (Like I did with this skirt: http://somescoundrel.blogspot.fi/2014/09/diy-pleated-skirt-tutorial.html ) The method you use is a bit faster to do and works if the fabric is not the fraying kind, but I find the encasing waistband works better with most fabrics I use :)

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    1. Yess thank you so much, I'm sorry I never replied to that but that is awesome :)

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  4. Such a cute skirt! I should really try my hand at sewing.

    Melissa
    wildflwrchild.blogspot.com

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  5. Wow!! Using a bedsheet is genius :D I was wondering if you could maybe do a tutorial sometime on how to do a sweetheart neckline! I had this awesome idea to make a pinup style dress by attaching one and a circle skirt together with halter-ish straps. I always see them online but they're so freaking expensive! But unfortunately I don't really know how to do the bodice haha. Anyway, thank you for this fabulous video!

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  6. oooo! That fabric is an absolute dream! You did a great job!

    xoxo,
    Laura
    http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com/

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  7. Such a cute skirt! I sewed a pleated skirt once, and thanks to the fact that I had help, it came out pretty well! I want to make another one somewhere soon :) You did a great job yourself!
    x Angela // the-style-doll.blogspot.com

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  8. Such a cute skirt! I sewed a pleated skirt once, and thanks to the fact that I had help, it came out pretty well! I want to make another one somewhere soon :) You did a great job yourself!
    x Angela // the-style-doll.blogspot.com

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  9. OMG, the skirt is so lovely, I love its color and pattern, look so good!!!

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  10. Wow, love this! Such pretty fabric too :)
    xox

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  11. Thanks so much! This skirt is adorable and so much easier then I thought it would be. Thanks for saving me hours trying to find this on the web!
    xx

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  12. awesome tutorial \(●w●)/ I was kinda wondering if it's possible to make the wideness of the pleats smaller? if so to what measurements? I'm kinda new to all of this, I hope you reply tho
    ~(●u●)~

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    1. You sure can!
      You just need to change the width between each 1, 2, 3 mark. So change the distance to 0.7 inches or 0.5 inches (instead of 1 inch) if you want to make your pleats thinner. You will still use the same amount of fabric, so still use 3x your waist measurement! I hope that helps :)

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  13. Can I make this skirt without the zipper?

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    1. You could use buttons instead. You could also try it with stretchy fabric - although I don't know what effect that will have on the shape of the pleats.

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  14. What would I need to alter if I wanted to make smaller pleats? Great tutorial by the way :)

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  15. Honestly Annika you have the clearest and easiest videos to follow. Thank you.

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