I’ve had this fabric in storage from when I first bought my sewing machine. It was given to me by the boyfy’s mother when she learnt that I was getting into the whole home ec. thing (awesome right?). I’ve used most of the fabric I was given when first getting started, one of which I wish I didn’t because it would have been perfect for a skirt. But this was just sitting there waiting for the right moment to be used.
50’s Skirt Adventure #5: Full Pleated Mini Skirt with Pockets
Anyway, this skirt is very similar to the first couple in the series, but this time I the placement of the pleats were very deliberate and were not places around the whole waist as the width of the fabric was not wide enough. Plus – I added pockets!
The materials is a very soft cotton making this skirt so very comfy to wear.
- Sewing Machine
- 1.5 metres of fabric
- Fabric Scissors
- Zipper foot
- Thread and needle
- Hook and bar clasps (or any other sew on clasp system you prefer, such as press studs or even regular buttons if you like)
2. Cut out four rectangles for your pockets.
3. Cut out a waist band that would fit around your waist plus a little excess. Make it about 4 to 5 inches wide.
I then added the pockets to the skirt first and created the front piece with the pockets as one.
4. Cut out triangles in top corners of the pocket pieces shown below.
5. Sew the pocket pieces with triangles cut-outs to the skirt front piece, right sides facing each other.
6. Sew the other pocket pieces without triangles cut-out to the pocket pieces already attached to the skirt body.
Flip the pockets over so the front piece looks like one whole piece.
You should now have the front of the skirt body ready.
7. Attach a dress zipper to the back skirt piece.
I used a simple dress zip. The series of photos shows how I attached it:
- Cut piece equally in half (where you want the zip to be)
- Baste the ends of the fabric together (loosely sew)
- Place zipped on the wrong side of the garment
- Pin in place
- Sew zip on with correct zipper foot
- Cut the basting off, revealing the zip
Now your back piece is ready
8. Seam all sides together – so now it should look like large tube.
9. Pleat the top of the skirt to your desired waist size and pattern.
I did a few in the front, a couple around the pockets and a few more near the zip in the back. I’ve basically used the pleats as if they were darts.
10. Attach waistband.
- Sew the waistband to the skirt right sides facing each other.
- Fold over twice, pin, press and sew.
12. Attach hook and bar clasps to the ends of the opening.