Polka-Dotted Pleats

Hello again, readers! Sorry for the fortnight-long departure, I’ve been busy working hard and getting my craft on.

I just came back from Spotlight with a few bits and pieces to finish up my skirt here, including a clasp for the back (because invisible zips are beyond me) and a decorative button which I may or may not use. I have no patience for sewing button holes and they get in the way of my belts anyways.

Anyways, this is the final product you see before you! I found some really cheap fabric ($5 p/m from memory) at Spotlight and decided to do a draft skirt before I make a black jacquard one for work and this one didn’t turn out too bad so I thought I’d show it off to my readers. It features 4 belt loops, side pockets, sewn-in petticoat and a ridiculously complicated fastening at the back that I’ve hidden behind a pleat because, well, “invisible zips”–HA!

Things I’ve learned from this project:

  • Measure your darned actual waist, not the waist of one of your best-fitting skirts. That is why I now have 6 pleats in the front and 5 in the back.
  • Don’t sew on the belt-loops backwards.. don’t do that.
  • Make the pockets bigger and lower to compensate for gangly limbs.
  • Make a gathered petticoat underneath out of one piece of fabric–I wasn’t sure how to do one so now I have a patchwork petticoat. It’s invisible but it still annoys me.
  • Make the skirt 2 inches longer or 2 inches shorter, this is a frumpy length.
  • Six pleats are a lot of pleats. Four might be a bit easier.
  • Sew the zip in first and then make pleats.

I do love how this skirt turned out, but I think I’ll hem it once more and make it a little shorter. I hate mini skirts a lot and think girls look better wearing skirts that actually cover their bottoms but this is definitely a frumpy length on my figure.

I’ll be making the black skirt next and incorporate all of these details so that the construction will hopefully go smoother. I am a complete and utter novice when it comes to sewing, though, so it’s possible that I just need the practice.

I was thinking about documenting the steps and posting them up, would anyone actually be interested in reading an Idiot’s Guide to Box Pleated Skirts?



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  2. Piarve says:

    Love the skirt, especially the belt loops you have added. It has come out well for a beginner, but the thing about mistakes is you can laugh aloud to them when you start comparing some of your good looking garments (I have a box of rejectees).

    I always love step by steps and would be interested in reading yours.


    • Demi says:

      Thanks! I wrote a step-by-step tutorial not too long ago actually, you’ll find it in my DIY section :)

  3. Erika says:

    I love this! I found your site via Merrick’s post on a similar pleated skirt. I’m just getting into sewing and while this project is a bit too advanced for me, I think I will save it and hopefully try it one day! Thanks:)

    • Demi says:

      No worries! It’s really a lot easier than what it looks like, and I added a lot of things to complicate it quite a bit (the pockets and the invisible zip next to the pockets) but as a basic skirt with a simple zip and no pockets, it’s easy peasy. :)

  4. Yes! I would! me please! This looks so damn professional, I would love to know how to make one!

  5. she says:

    your skirt is really pretty.

  6. Merrick says:

    Wow, this turned out so great!! Love the polka dots.

  7. Carol says:

    OMG love this so much. I have a similar skirt in an orchid colour from Cue which I’d love to duplicate. Unfortunately I haven’t sewn in a long while, but would be keen to see your how to!

    Super talented :)

    • Demi says:

      That skirt sounds lovely! I love that colour :)

      It’s super simple once you have the hang of it, it was just a little time-consuming figuring out the steps from scratch since I don’t have a pattern (it was all basically mathematics and logical progression). Looks like I’ll definitely be documenting my steps when I make the black skirt this weekend :)

  8. Vicki says:

    Love the polka dots, your hair colour is just beautiful :) x

  9. Kristy says:

    Yesyesyes! Please make a how to! It’s so cute!


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