Angela wears a maroon, metallic pleated skirt by DIYcouture

How to make a pleated skirt

The pleated skirt is a versatile garment made of just four rectangles of fabric and fastening at the side with a zip. It can be made as a mini, a midi or a floor-sweeping maxi. It can nip the waist or sit on the hips. It can be made with chunky box pleats, neatly ironed-in accordian pleats or randomly spaces folds for a gathered appearance. It has a waistband that can be very deep or conservatively narrow.

The pleated skirt can be made with light fabric that keeps its shape, with stiff fabric so that it sticks out or with floppy fabric that hangs sleekly against the body. It can be made with multiple pieces of fabric to make stripes or blocks of colour.

front cover of DIYcouture's first book, How To Make A Pleated Skirt


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The final page from 'How to make a pleated skirt.'

The 'How to make a pleated skirt' instructions are available in book form. The book is beautifully designed with fresh, clean photography and colourful diagrams. It measures 260mm x 210mm (slightly shorter than A4) and has a simple matt paperback cover. You can purchase the book here on the website or visit one of our UK stockists.

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