Hello everyone !
First off I gotta say .... I am so happy to be back ! , I had to have some wiring repaired in my kitchen and was with out the innernet for almost 3 weeks . I was having major craftster withdraw.
So surprise surprise I made another reversable pleated skirt .. But this time i took picks along the way and made a sorta tute .. In case any one was interested..
i got 2 really great sheets at the thrift store one is Goosebumps and the other is outerspace.. For like maby 3 bucks all together
so here we go first I just cut out a basic miniskirt shape but just a wee bit short . Do this out of both fabrics then pin and stitch
Then insert the to "miniskirts " into one another pretty sides together
.. Then pin and stitch when you are done you will end up with something like this
Tuck in to get both sides lined up then iron it and do a top stitch
Then add your zipper the best way you know how and youll have something like this a super too short mini
then you cut a super long strip ( I'm sure there is some sorta calculation on how to get the right amount of fabric but I'm not a math genius so i just say at least 5 times longer than the bottom of the mini part make one outta each fabric make a tube flip it and the trim it with seam binding or lace that way when you sit down you don't see too much of the reverse fabric peaking outta the pleats .. you just see a nice trim that matches both sides
then make your pleated strip ... just use a ruler to tuck the pleats what ever size you choose and iron and pin th fabric as you go
you will end up with this
finally decide which direction you want to put the ruffle one side will need trim to hide the seam and one side will not ... sew together and TA ! DA !
I'm not wearing it with the greatest shirt in these pics ... so try to imagine it with something cuter
As always thank you so much for looking ! Id love to hear what you think .
Have a great day !
edit : with the help of a fellow craftster
That's really fun.
The basic math for knife pleats (the kind yo uhave) is 1.5 times the width of the pleat multiplied by the lenth of the area being pleated.
So if I have a 36" hem and I want 1" pleats, I need 54" of fabric.
For box pleats it is twice the width of the pleat so 72" of fabric for the example above unless you feel like cheating to save fabric (which I do often).