DIY Gathered Mini Skirt with Pockets

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
  • Pins
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Zipper
  • 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)


1. Cut out two rectangles. The length would be your desired length plus a little excess and the width I used was around 110cm.

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.
This has been done in all pretty much in the same manner as the previous skirts I’ve shown so if you are a little confused look back these last few adventures. 
11. Hem the bottom of the skirt.

12. Attach hook and bar clasps to the ends of the opening.


LOve <3




3 Replies to “DIY Gathered Mini Skirt with Pockets”

  1. your tutorials are amazing! Thank you for all the hard work you put into making these! When I make a few of these skirts I will post about them on my blog and link back to you! If you have a banner you would like for me to put on the side of my blog for you send it to my e-mail I would love to advertise for you for free on my blog you are amazing!! Keep up the great work!! =] -MissKay <3

    1. Thank you so much! I’m so happy you like them, i do put a lot of work into these tutorials. I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you, but setting up a new life in a new country is hectic. I will definitely be dropping you a line soon 🙂

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