Sewing skirts is one of the easiest sewing projects to start with. If you’re ready to make your first skirt I recommend starting with something simple. When you’re ready to move on this free pleated skirt tutorial is adorable! I’m sharing this free skirt tutorial as part of Simple Simon & Co.’s Skirting The Issue series. They’re collecting skirts for girls in foster care. If you’re interested in sewing a few skirts please check out their resources and all the great tutorials.
This skirt is a girl’s size 10 with a 24″ waist. With a little planning you can adjust this to any size for women or girls.
- 1 yard of fabric // I used a stiff fabric that I got from the red tag section. I’m guessing it is supposed to be for curtains but it makes the fullest, lovely skirt.
- 1 zipper // I would have used an invisible zipper if I had one but I used a great metal zipper I have.
- Hook & Eye
- Coordinating thread
- Sewing machine
- Cut 2 waistband pieces 25″ by 3 inches. Optional: Cut an additional piece of stabilizer to iron onto your waistband to make it stronger.
- Cut 2 pieces for the skirt, 16″ by 36.5″.
- Fold, pin and press pleats. (see diagram) Baste pleats.
- Right sides together, sew side seams using 1/2″ seam allowance. Leave one side seam open at top for zipper.
- Sew waistband pieces right sides together. Sew one side, right sides together to top of skirt.
- Turn waistband, press end 3/8″ under, pin and stitch.
- Sew in zipper.
- Finish hem. I just serged the hem on mine and ended up loving the look.