Today we are going to talk about pleats:
I love pleats almost as much as pintucks. Here are some pleated ruffle projects of mine you may have missed:
Are you ready for today's lesson?
(check out the old lessons HERE)Step 1: Pick some fabric (my favorite part). Measure your waist and the desired length of the skirt. Cut 2 pieces of fabric:
waist meaurement (wide) and the desired length + 1/2 inches
Step 2: Now please go follow the directions from week 3 to sew your skirt. Do not sew the bottom hem.
Step 3: cut strips 4 inches wide (this will give you about 1.5 inch ruffle so adjust width according you your preference). Depending on the size of the skirt, you'll need 3-4 of these.
(side note to all you seamstresses out there, feel free to cut your strips on the bias, but if your a newbie, we haven't even talked about "bias" yet so just cut as normal-I did and it turned out fine)
Step 4: Sew the strips (right sides together) so they make a super long strips. Press seam open.
Step 5: Fold strip in half and press.
Step 6: If you are a perfectionist, with a sewing marker and a ruler mark every inch. Then fold and pin. If you are more a "close-enough" type person, feel free to "eye-ball it". Pin to right side of bottom of the skirt.Step 7: Sew into place, but leave several inches open, where you will connect the ends. I really hope this next part makes sense.
Step 8: Unfold each end and sew (right sides together) the 2 pieces. Press seam open.
Step 9: Fold it in half and reform pleats.
It should look like this.
Step 11: Press seam towards the skirt.
Step 12: Very carefully top-stitch.
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