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DIY Pleated Skirt

Lately I have been stuck up in my sewing room just busting out skirts and tops and anything I can create.  I am running out of material and I have my eye on some my mom bought a while back.  She says it’s off limits, but I think if she leaves it there long enough, it’s fair game, right?

Some of the skirts I have finished you have seen already.  My DIY pencil skirt, a t-shirt refashion, and a maxi dress refashion being a few (and a lot more to come!)  So I thought I would give you a little run through on how I made my vintage scissors skirt I wore last week.

It is actually very easy, although it might look intimidating.  Start by measuring your waist or where you would like the skirt to sit on your waist and double it.  That is how much material you need.  So if your waist is 32 inches, you would need 64 inches of fabric, make sense?  I had mine in two pieces, so I sewed them right sides together.  Then I hemmed the top of the skirt because I wanted it to be finished.

Then you start the pleats.  Here is how I did it.  Start measuring two inches in then you gather two inches in for the pleat.  Continue you this all the way around.  As you can see in the picture to the right.  Once you have all the pleats pinned all the way around, you are ready to sew.  I wanted a two inch pleat with one inch left open on the top.  So the way I did it is in the picture to the right.  I held my measuring tape up to where I was sewing the total amount and then sewed the two inches, stopping at the two.

Do this all the way around and you are done with the pleats!  Then you need to hem the sides together.  I used this tutorial on how to sew a zipper into the side of a dress and sewed up the side as well.  Then hem the bottom and you’re done!

Well, what do you think?  Does this sound easy to make?  Would you give it a try or would you just rather buy it?  Because if you’re the latter, then stay tuned, I might be selling some skirts in the near future!!

Have a great day!


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15 Responses to DIY Pleated Skirt

  1. Crissy September 10, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    One day I’ll love to attempt this. I adore that fabric!!

    • Natalia September 10, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

      I hope you give it a try, and thank you!

  2. Whitney@somethingbroughtyouhere September 11, 2012 at 7:07 am #

    I love this tutorial. Makes me want to go try and make one today!

    • Natalia September 11, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

      It was a fun skirt to make! I bet you could do it!

  3. Leigh Anne September 11, 2012 at 8:46 am #

    I do love to sew so I’d love to give it a try…..thx for the inspiration!

    • Natalia September 11, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

      No problem! I am glad you like it! Thanks for your comment!

  4. Alisha September 11, 2012 at 8:35 pm #

    This is great!! TFS!! Stopping by from Sugar Bee Crafts linky party.

    Here is what I shared this week:

    • Natalia September 12, 2012 at 8:50 am #

      Thank you! I’ll check it out

  5. Carissa September 12, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

    I love that you didn’t make an extra waistband. It looks so detailed and complicated but you make it simple! I will definitely have to try this now that I have a serger and can whip projects up! came over from sew much ado and can’t wait to see more of your projects

    • Natalia September 12, 2012 at 7:36 pm #

      I didn’t even have to use a serger! But ya, it is pretty easy! I hope you get to give it a try, if you do, let me know!

  6. Ursula September 16, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

    I love the skirt and the fabric! May I ask where you got it? I’m working on a quilt and this would e perfect.

    • Natalia September 17, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

      Of course! I got the fabric in downtown LA at a store called michael levine. I am not sure if they sell online, but it’s worth checking out! Unless you’re in the area, then for sure I’d make a trip down there, it’s so much fun!

  7. Nikki at Bedazzles After Dark September 19, 2012 at 9:48 pm #

    I have zero sewing skills… but the fabric on this skirt makes me wish I did! Love!!
    Nikki at

  8. Ashleigh April 14, 2014 at 9:30 am #

    This tutorial is so easy! I can’t wait to make my skirt.

    • Natalia April 15, 2014 at 6:41 am #

      Glad you liked it, thank you!

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