August 3, 2017
Pleats are one of those things that could turn a look up a few notches. Nevertheless, pleats can be cumbersome and difficult without the right tools.
In my most recent article for Sew Sew Def magazine, I took a Jacquemus skirt and used it as inspiration. The details of the skirt that I wanted to capture were the high low sides and the pleats along the hem and front.
The fabric from the inspiration is 100% cotton. The fabric I used is from Fabric.com and is a very lightweight cotton/lycra blend. You can find the fabric HERE. The tool that allowed me to make all of these pleats was an easy to make pleat board. I created two YouTube videos showing you first how to make the pleat board out of some very inexpensive, accessible supplies and then another video showing you how to use the pleat board with your fabric. You can check out Part ONE and Part TWO videos by clicking on the links. (SIDE NOTE: These videos are only my 3rd and 4th videos. Making videos is NOT an easy task. Please pardon any long pauses…lol! Truse me…it’s a work in progress.) Please leave comment on YouTube channel and let me know what you think. Also, please don’t forget to subscribe to my channel.
I modified the following patterns to create the look:
TOP (Vogue Pattern VP937)
- Added the pleat detail to the wearer’s left
SKIRT (McCall’s M7606):
- Adjusted the length on the right and left front panels to create a high low silhouette
- Added pleats along hemline
- Added pleated detail at back, side and front. The height and widths of the pleated sections were varied. (I left the hem of some of the pleats unfinished to add even more texture and dimension to the skirt).