Tutorial | Pleated Knit Skirt

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.

Pleated Knit Skirt Sewing Tutorial at Sewbon.com

Pleated Knit Skirt Sewing Tutorial at Sewbon.com

Pleated Knit Skirt Sewing Tutorial at Sewbon.com

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! ;)

Pleated Knit Skirt Sewing Tutorial at Sewbon.com

Pleated Knit Skirt Sewing Tutorial at Sewbon.com

Pleated Knit Skirt Sewing Tutorial at Sewbon.com

This skirt was seriously easy to make and I think it turned out so cute!

Want to make one too? Here’s the scoop!

Materials

Instructions

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.

Pleated Knit Skirt Sewing Tutorial at Sewbon.com

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.

Pleated Knit Skirt Sewing Tutorial at Sewbon.com

Four: Bring the two outer pins to meet the center pin with the excess centered behind the pins. Pin in place.

Pleated Knit Skirt Sewing Tutorial at Sewbon.com

Five: Measure three inches over from the center pleat and put a pin.

Pleated Knit Skirt Sewing Tutorial at Sewbon.com

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.

Pleated Knit Skirt Sewing Tutorial at Sewbon.com

Seven: Bring the two outer pins to meet the center pin with the excess centered behind the pins. Pin in place.

Pleated Knit Skirt Sewing Tutorial at Sewbon.com

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.

Pleated Knit Skirt Sewing Tutorial at Sewbon.com

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.

Pleated Knit Skirt Sewing Tutorial at Sewbon.com

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.

Pleated Knit Skirt Sewing Tutorial at Sewbon.com

Twelve: Sew the short ends of the waistband together, right sides together.

Pleated Knit Skirt Sewing Tutorial at Sewbon.com

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.

Pleated Knit Skirt Sewing Tutorial at Sewbon.com

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!

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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!

First Row: Kid Approved, Things for Boys, Welcome to the Mouse House
Second Row: Sewbon, Craftstorming, Sewing Rabbit, Mingo and Grace
Third Row: Groovybaby and Mama, Girl Like The Sea, Sew Jereli, Two Little Hooligans
Fourth Row: Sew Chibi, Small & Friendly
Fifth Row: Straight Grain, Buzzmills, La Maison de Loulou, Make It Handmade
Sixth Row: Charming Doodle, Elegance and Elephants, I Seamstressed, Lexi Made
Seventh Row: Sewing Like Mad, Sew A Straight Line, Max California, La Gang a Nat
  • Natalie

    I seriously love this skirt!!! I am definitely saving your tutorial so that I can make myself one come spring… of course, my legs will never look as good as yours in that skirt, hahaha!!!!

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Aw, thank you so much for the kind words on the skirt, Natalie! I would love to see your skirt if you make one! :)
      Hahaha, I’ve learned all the posing tricks to make my legs look good – it’s all an illusion! ;)

  • celina bailey

    First, what an adorable skirt! I think I have some stripe fabric I can use ;) I am totally doing this. And I am so happy to call you my friend, you are such a breath of fresh air and inspiring and I am so honored that you have taken part in this crazy series. I am a little, umm no very shocked, as well as speechless but I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. xxx

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      I’m so happy you like it, Celina! :) You are an amazing person!

  • Sabra at Sew a Straight Line

    So cute! Love the stripes and the shape of the skirt.

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Thank you so much, Sabra! :)

  • Jessica Abbott

    this is so cute Erin!!! I love it!!! Such a fun Series :)

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Thanks Jess! I know right?! I love looking at what everyone made!

  • smallfriendly

    That skirt is so cute! And I love those shoes!

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Aw, thank you! :)

  • Amy Ehmann

    Girl you make me want to learn to sew…

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      :) You should!!!

  • christina

    that skirt is amazing! and like always, such beautiful pictures of you!

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Thank you so much, Christina! :)

  • http://www.sewjereli.com/ Toni-Maree

    Oh I love this skirt, stripes are definitely Celina style! Gorgeous photos, makes me want to go sew one right now haha x

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Haha, thank you so much for the kind words Toni-Maree!

  • Mandy Pellegrin

    So adorable!! I love that you just whipped this right up, no pattern. My hero.

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Ha! Thanks for the kind words, Mandy! :)

  • Laura

    This is so cute! Come on, even your pins are cute. This is definitely something I could see Celina making too.

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Haha! Thank you so much Laura!

  • Jane

    That skirt is adorable! Love it!

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Thank you so much, Jane! :)

  • http://www.thingsforboys.com/ abby @ thingsforboys

    That skirt looks so great! And so easy to make too. I’m on a stripes ban (way too many stripes in my wardrobe) but I want to cheat.

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Thanks!! :) Haha, that’s so funny that you are on a stripes ban right now!

  • Mie @ Sewing Like Mad

    Such a great skirt Erin – the sort you need about 10 of in your closet, right!! And as usual you look amazing! Great job!

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Awww, thanks Mie! :)

  • http://www.thehomeyowl.blogspot.com/ Stacia

    This is too cute! Such a tasteful skirt that everyone should have in their wardrobe!

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Awww, thanks for the kind words Stacia!

  • Trine

    Such a darling skirt. My teen would looooove this!

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Thanks, Trine! I would love to see yours if you make one!

  • An (StraightGrain)

    Oh waw – this skirt is just perfect! The shape, the fabric choice… Great tutorial too – thanks!

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Awww, thank you!!

  • Farrah G

    Super cute outfit Erin! I’m so going to copy this one.

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      You should!! :)

  • Alexia

    I want this skirt! Love it!

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Thank you!!

  • Anne Weaver

    Cute!! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later today that links to your tutorial:

    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-pleated-knit-skirt/2014/02/20/

    –Anne

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Thanks for sharing my skirt, Anne! :)

  • http://www.CharmingDoodle.com/ Elisa Clark

    What a fun skirt! Thanks for sharing the tutorial. Spring is coming and I need to make one. :)

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Thank you!!! :) You should make one!

  • http://www.madalynne.com/ Maddie Flanigan

    What a great way to honor an inspiring woman. I’m jealous you had the chance to meet her!

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      She’s so nice! And doesn’t have an accent like I thought she would! ;)

  • Celina

    This is so simple to make and would be lovely with any fabric! xx

    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Absolutely! I want to make more with different types of fabric! I’m thinking a woven with a zipper would be awesome too!

  • http://skyturtle.net/ Sky Turtle

    Hello, I just re-discovered your blog and I impressed by the quality of your photography and your taste for colours and shapes in general. Love your tutorials and what you make!

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Aww, thank you so much for the kind words! That makes me happy!! :)

  • 7cakes

    I absolutely love this skirt! Thanks to you I made one!!! Here’s mine if you want to look, but yours can’t be beat! Thanks again for these easy, clear instructions =D
    http://agastronomescloset.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/chrysanthemum-skirt/

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      I love your skirt! I’m sharing it on my FB page! :)

  • Hayley@Come to the Mouse House

    This is so perfect… how beautiful!

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Thanks Hayley! :)

  • Carly

    After washing, does the knit fabric you used hold the pleats nicely, or is there ironing involved? I LOVE Colorado Fabrics btw!!

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Hi Carly! My fabric holds the pleats really well (I wish I knew what type of blend it is!) but pressing the fabric always makes it look nicer, I think.