Holiday party season is officially here and this year I’ve decided to up my handmade fancy clothing game. I’ve been loving all the pleated fabric skirts in stores lately but had been at a loss for how to make one. I mean, I definitely don’t have the patience (or probably skill) to hand pleat fabric myself so I was excited to find gorgeous pre-pleated fabric from Lotte Martens to make into the perfect holiday skirt.

Lotte Martens is a textile designer from Belgium and, since she uses hand printing techniques, has amazing fabrics that are like nothing else I’ve seen before. The Plissé Limonium Silver fabric I used is a knit (no hemming required!) with beautiful stripes of silver that show when the pleats are closed. There are also gold and black stripe versions as well. Currently, this fabric is only available in Europe at these stockists, but they are looking to expand, so ask your local stores to carry her fabric!

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Want to make one too? Let’s get started.

Materials

  • 2 panels of Plissé Limonium Silver pleated fabric
  • 1/8 yard of matching fabric for waistband – I used some silky fabric from Joanns
  • Lightweight fusible interfacing
  • Invisible zipper
  • General sewing supplies

Instructions

One: Measure your waist and then baste stitch the pleats closed so the two fabric panels together equal your waist measurement plus seam allowances. I ended up basting the pleats completely closed and then cut off some additional width.

Two: Place the panels right sides together and sew up one side. Pay close attention to how the pleats will fold once seamed together when sewing up the side. I found it looked more seamless when I lined up the pleats and stitched along the fold of the white area.

Three: To make the waistband, cut a strip of matching fabric and lightweight fusible interfacing that’s 2.25 inches x your waist measurement plus 3 inches. For example, if your waist measurement is 27 inches, cut fabric that’s 2.25 inches x 30 inches. Iron on the fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric. Next, press the edges of the waistband wrong sides together at 5/8 inches each, then press the waist band in half, wrong sides together.

Four: Attach the waistband to the skirt panel by aligning the waistband right sides together and stitching at 5/8″ (along the pressed line). Make sure the extra length of the waistband is even on both sides. Flip the waistband over so that it’s encasing the raw top edge of the skirt and hand sew or stitch in the ditch. The waistband should now be attached to the skirt.

Five: Trim the waistband to match the width of the skirt and then insert the invisible zipper on the open side. I added some additional fusible interfacing to the fabric where the zipper would insert at to stabilize the fabric. Then, just sew up rest of the side. Thankfully, there’s no need to hem this fabric since it’s knit and won’t fray!

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Disclaimer: This post was created in partnership with the Lotte Martens blog tour but, as always, the thoughts expressed are my own.