Skirt Kit Tutorial

Follow these steps to make the perfect party skirt using our skirt kit with all of the materials and notions you need. It's a super simple project that doesn't need a pattern, you can make it in an hour. Dress this metallic pleated beauty up for all your festive parties or wear her with a jumper and boots for a daytime look.

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1. Measure around your waist. Take this measurement and multiply it by 1.5 to find your skirt piece width. For example, if you have a 100cm waist measurement you would get a 150cm skirt piece width.

2. Cut both your pleated fabric and your lining fabric to your skirt width measurement. Make sure the pleats are running down lengthways!

3. Cut both pieces of fabric to your desired length. We love a midi length but you can experiment with shorter or longer lengths.

4. Sew your pleated skirt piece into a tube. Place right sides together aligned along the long skirt length side. Pin and sew together with a 1cm seam allowance. 

5. Repeat for the lining piece and press both seams open.

6. Place the lining tube inside the outer skirt tube with wrong sides facing, align the top raw edges and pin together. Baste together close to the raw edge.

7. Cut your elastic to your waist measurement (e.g 100cm if your waist measured 100cm). Align the short raw edges with right sides together and stitch with a 1cm seam allowance to create a loop. Go up and down your stitch line a few times to strengthen it.

8. Place the elastic around the top of the skirt, with the wrong side of the elastic overlapping the right side of the skirt by 1cm. Align the seam allowance of the skirt and the seam allowance of the elastic and pin in place. Then mark the half way and quarter way points on your skirt and elastic and pin these together. Add in a few more pins at halfway points between them.

9. Select a zig-zag stitch on your machine, we used a 5mm width and 6mm length. With the right side of the skirt and elastic facing up stitch around the top of the skirt, close to the bottom edge of the elastic. You will need to heavily stretch the elastic as you go so may need to pull at the front and the back to get it through the machine! Backstitch at the start and end of your stitch line.

10. Hem your lining by turning it to the inside 1cm twice, pressing, pinning and stitching around.

11. The pleated fabric doesn’t really need hemming and it’s tricky to make it look neat without stretching out the pleats as you go. We recommend leaving it raw and giving it a trim when needed! 

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