This post I’ll be showing you how to add pleats to a skirt and how to add a rather fetching ribbon waistband.
And a few pictures from me working away in the sun, just for funsies.
Keen to flex your skills? Check out all the posts in the Total Beginner's Guide to Sewing a DIY Skirt series: The pattern Cutting your fabric Easy pockets Sewing up Adding pleats and a simple waistbandPerfect zipper in 8 steps The easy 3 step hem
Adding pleats and a waistband to a DIY skirt
Creating simple pleats
You will need:
A little bit of patience (this bit is a bit fussy)
1. Spread your skirt out (and no, you didn’t make a mistake the skirt’s massive at this stage). To get this skirt down to size we’re going to create pleats to gather in the excess material.
2. To make pleats gather a section of fabric by pinching the excess fabric between your fingers. Make sure you grab only one layer of fabric.
3. Fold this pinched section of fabric to one side. I find it’s easier to make pleats bigger, so I usually start with smaller pleat sections at this stage.
4. Pin in place.
5. Now move over 1 – 2 inches. Gather roughly the same amount of fabric you did in step 2.
6. Fold this pinched section of fabric in the opposite direction from the folded fabric from before. Pin in place. Congratulations, you’ve just made a box pleat. Check you out.
7. Create pleats all the way around your skirt until you’ve gathered up all the fabric. ideally, your pleats should be roughly the same size and distance apart, but life is too short to get obsessive. After you’ve done pleating you’ll want to try it on to check it fits. Adjust the pleats a few times to get the fit right.
8. Sew around the top, about 1/2 inch from the top of the waistband, to keep everything in place. Unpin, ready for the next step…
Adding a waistband
You will need:
Your (now pleated) skirt
Petersham ribbon (you might want to iron it to take out any kinks)