Have you heard of Celina Bailey from Petit a Petit Family before?! If not, you totally need to check her out. She is amazing! (I mean, 3 MILLION Pinterest followers can’t be wrong!) In addition to working with her on the Sewing Rabbit Creative Team last year, I got to meet her in person at Alt Summit and am so happy to be able to call her my friend.
I was thrilled when Laura from Craftstorming reached out to me and asked if I would participate in a series called “What Would Celina Do?”. Of course, I said yes! Celina is so inspiring that I thought it would be so fun to come up with a project inspired by her and her impeccable taste.
As you can see here, here, and here, Celina loves stripes. So, after I found some fabulous striped knit in the ‘by the pound’ section of Colorado Fabrics (this skirt only cost me $1.67 to make! WOOT!), I decided that I would channel my inner Celina and create a striped pleated knit skirt and make a tutorial to go along with it! I hope she approves!
This skirt was seriously easy to make and I think it turned out so cute!
Want to make one too? Here’s the scoop!
- Knit Fabric (mine is a fairly thick knit fabric that I found at Colorado Fabrics)
- Measuring Tape
- Heat n Bond Hem Tape (optional)
- General Sewing Supplies
One: Measure your waist and then divide that number by 2. Now add 13 inches to that measurement. 12 of those extra inches are to account for the pleats and the other inch is to account for a 1/2 inch seam allowance. This calculated number will be the width of the skirt panels.
Two: Cut two pieces of fabric with the width calculated in step one by the desired length. These will be the front and back skirt panels. Cut one piece of fabric 6 inches tall by the width of your waist less 1 inch. This will be the waistband.
Three: With a skirt panel right side up, find the middle of the fabric and place a pin. Then, measure two inches out to the right and place a pin and then two inches out to the left and place a pin.
Four: Bring the two outer pins to meet the center pin with the excess centered behind the pins. Pin in place.
Five: Measure three inches over from the center pleat and put a pin.
Six: Now measure over an additional two inches and place a pin. Measure over another two inches a place another pin. These three pins will make up the next pleat.
Seven: Bring the two outer pins to meet the center pin with the excess centered behind the pins. Pin in place.
Eight: From the center pleat, measure three inches to the left and place a pin. Then measure two inches from that pin to the left and place another pin. And then measure two more inches left from the center pin and place a third pin. This will make up the third pleat. Bring the two outer pins to meet the center pin with the excess centered behind the pins. Pin in place.
Nine: Baste stitch across the top of the fabric to secure all three pleats. Press.
Ten: Repeat steps three through nine to create three pleats on the second skirt panel.
Eleven: With right sides together, sew along the sides with a 1/2 inch seam. I used a serger, but a zig zag stitch would work as well.
Twelve: Sew the short ends of the waistband together, right sides together.
Thirteen: Fold the waistband in half, wrong sides together.
Fourteen: Find the front and back of the waistband using the waistband seam as the back seam and mark. Then find the right and left sides of the waistband and mark. If the waistband was a clock, there should now be marks at 12, 3, 6, and 9.
Fifteen: Place the waistband over the skirt, right sides together, raw edges aligned at the top. The waistband should be small than the skirt. Line up the back seam on the waistband with the center pleat on the backside of the skirt and pin. Next, line up the front of the waistband, which should be marked from the previous step, with the front center pleat on the skirt and pin. Now, line up and pin the sides of the waist bands with the side seams of the skirt and pin.
Sixteen: Sew the waist band to the skirt with a 1/2 inch seam allowance, stretching the waistband to match the length of the skirt. Use either a zig zag stich or a serger.
Seventeen: Press the seam allowance down towards the skirt.
Eighteen: Hem the skirt to the desired length. I used Heat n Bond Hem Tape and a simple top stitch.
And that’s it! It seems like it’s a lot of steps, but I promise it’s easy. And, if you have any questions, just let me know and I’ll try to explain something better!
Shirt: JCrew / Necklace: Discontinued JCrew (Similar) / Skirt: Handmade / Belt: Discontinued Loft (Similar) / Shoes: Target
Photo Credit: Laura Murray Photography
Make sure to click on the links below to see more amazing projects inspired by Celina for the rest of the ‘What Would Celina Do’ series!