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Topic: High Waisted Pleated Skirt & TUTORIAL!! :D *Pic Heavy!!*  (Read 3800 times)
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TeenageRebelOfTheWeek
« on: May 22, 2010 01:15:45 PM »

So yes, here it is. My very first ever tutorial for anything. It's a bit weird because I never really taught anyone how to do anything...so please be kind if I kind of screw up. Smiley

I was asked by some kind people to do this because I posted a skirt that recently made for the summer. WHOO! So here we go - got pics done and everything. Cheesy

1. I took a meter of fabric that was lying around from a previous project, folded it in half and cut on the fold so that I had two big skirt like pieces. I then cut one of them in half so I had thre basic skirt pieces to play with.


http://i537.photobucket.com/albums/ff335/teenagerebeloftheweek/step1.jpg

2. Stitch the skirt pieces together. For the seam allowance, serge/zigzag stitch/pinking shear them. I use pinking shears. Smiley Iron flat the seams - this will end up being very helpful later on.

http://i537.photobucket.com/albums/ff335/teenagerebeloftheweek/ironingseam.jpg

3. Waistband - get a long, thick bit of fabric (depends on your waist size), cut it in half so you have two strips of fabric. Try to get the width to about 4.5"/5" so you have enough seam allowance.

http://i537.photobucket.com/albums/ff335/teenagerebeloftheweek/waistbandmeasurement.jpg

Then stitch the two strips together lengthwise and trim the excess fabric.

http://i537.photobucket.com/albums/ff335/teenagerebeloftheweek/waistbandstitch.jpg

Turn the waistband inside out so the seams are inside, then press flat with an iron.

4. On to the pleats! I try to start by pinning each side of the skirt to the edges of the waistband and in the centre, then work pleats inward to make sure that I have the even amount of pleats on either side. Many a times pleatage has gone very, very wrong without doing it this way. Wink

http://i537.photobucket.com/albums/ff335/teenagerebeloftheweek/pleats.jpg

Okay, got the pleats done, Right then. Stich the skirt onto the waistband as is - trim the excess off.

5. Fold the waistband over so that the ragged seam isn't showing. Iron flat. Stitch across, making sure that the pleats don't get caught along the way! Smiley Iron out that seam flat against the skirt. Stich again.

Should kind of look like this:
http://i537.photobucket.com/albums/ff335/teenagerebeloftheweek/doubleseamstitch.jpg

6. Zipper - Baste the length pf the zipper from the top of waistband down.

http://i537.photobucket.com/albums/ff335/teenagerebeloftheweek/seams1.jpg

Run the skirt through, making sure the machine stitch is about a tiny bit into the basted stitch, like so:

http://i537.photobucket.com/albums/ff335/teenagerebeloftheweek/seams2.jpg

Personally, it gives me a bit more control when I iron the seam flat to put in the zipper. Smiley

7. Pin the zipper down, then slowly *SLOWLY!!* stitch the zipper in, stopping along the way to make sure no fabric is gathered. When finished, trim off all excess fabric with a pair of awesome vintage seam scissors. *thanks, mom-in-law.* Smiley

http://i537.photobucket.com/albums/ff335/teenagerebeloftheweek/leftovercutting.jpg

Should kind of look like this:
http://i537.photobucket.com/albums/ff335/teenagerebeloftheweek/zipper2.jpg

8. Sort out the bottom seam - I usually have a 1" allowance, which I fold in half twice and iron down flat *with loads of steam to make sure that bugger stays put*. Run through the machine.

http://i537.photobucket.com/albums/ff335/teenagerebeloftheweek/skirtseamstitch.jpg

Clean up any rouge threads and iron out the creases.

9. Et voila - one fab summery skirt to frolic around in!!

http://i537.photobucket.com/albums/ff335/teenagerebeloftheweek/finishedskirt.jpg

I would've tried it on, but it's just a bit too small for me. D'OH! Didn't think that one through. :|

Hope this was really helpful...and I hope it was easy enough to understand. Smiley ENJOY! Smiley -x-

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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2010 10:34:57 PM »

Very nice!
Unfortunately I have zipper phobia.
I "tried" to sew a zipper and ended up screaming (literally) at the sewing machine and gave up.
One day, I'll try again.
Anyhow, pretty color.
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QuietChampion
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2010 09:22:49 PM »

You're amazing. Thank you SO much. I will be making one ASAP!
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Le Mieux
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2010 10:37:36 AM »

Very nice!
Unfortunately I have zipper phobia.
I "tried" to sew a zipper and ended up screaming (literally) at the sewing machine and gave up.
One day, I'll try again.
Anyhow, pretty color.

i have EXACTLY the same phobia. they always end up completely screwing up any project i have. once i find a good zipper tutorial i will try this tute tho, so thank you!
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« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2010 10:49:49 AM »

Ooo thank you.  I will have to try this out Cheesy
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mclied
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2010 11:20:01 AM »

Really cute!!! Thanks for the tutorial Smiley
I'm a little confused: two pieces, one cut in half (and the zipper ends up between those halves)?  Just clarifying, thanks!
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« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2010 02:05:56 PM »

@ mclied : spot on, my dear! Should've clarified that a bit better. Smiley -x-
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