Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Pleated Skirt

I decided to be adventurous and try to sew Virginia a pleated skirt that I found on Me Sew Crazy.  First of all I knew this was going to be a challenge is I have never done pleats or pockets before. The pockets turned out to not be so bad. The only tough part was sewing on the pipping. The pleats were another story. I didn't really know where to begin and I didn't find a tutorial online that helped me much. But I fumbled my way though the pleats.

I would say that this skirt turned out pretty well. The craftsmanship isn't the best, but I am learning. I did learn that sewing a hem on a skirt with pleats is tough. Or I am doing it all the wrong way. Also I learned that pipping drives me crazy. Something I need to practice more on. 

Sewing with toddlers is always an adventure. Add in a puppy and the adventure just got even more fun. While I was sewing Virginia brought about half of the playroom out into the living room and left it there. Cookie ate a crayon and almost ate one of my dress pins. Oh and the great mommy that I am kept Virginia up til about 11:00pm. Because I was dying to have her try it on and she didn't want to go to bed til her special skirt was finished. Sadly I kept having problems with the elastic that I didn't finish the skirt til the next morning. Just in time for her to wear it to story time at the library.

This project was definetely a good learning experience. I learned I need to read up more on pleats and pipping. But this summer I am making it my mission to try new sewing projects and not to be afraid. I know I am going to have to make mistakes to learn and move forward. 





















6 comments:

Lisa said...

Not bad! Did you guys get a trampoline?

Absolutely Kathy said...

No we didn't get a trampoline. Not that I wouldn't love one. But it is my friend Faby's trampoline. Virginia loved it.

marnae said...

It looks like you need to flatten the pleats out at the bottom and hem them as you would a straight piece of fabric..you sewed the pleats down at the bottom, and they should be able to move..does that make sense? Then after you hem you can press them again to really define the pleats. Hope this helps :)

sweeter than cupcakes said...

great skirt!

Absolutely Kathy said...

@Marnae - thanks for the tip. yeah I really didn't know what I was doing with the pleats. Thanks for the help I will give it a shot and try to improve it.

Simple Simon & Co said...

I like how you did the pockets in a different fabric!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Pleated Skirt


I decided to be adventurous and try to sew Virginia a pleated skirt that I found on Me Sew Crazy.  First of all I knew this was going to be a challenge is I have never done pleats or pockets before. The pockets turned out to not be so bad. The only tough part was sewing on the pipping. The pleats were another story. I didn't really know where to begin and I didn't find a tutorial online that helped me much. But I fumbled my way though the pleats.

I would say that this skirt turned out pretty well. The craftsmanship isn't the best, but I am learning. I did learn that sewing a hem on a skirt with pleats is tough. Or I am doing it all the wrong way. Also I learned that pipping drives me crazy. Something I need to practice more on. 

Sewing with toddlers is always an adventure. Add in a puppy and the adventure just got even more fun. While I was sewing Virginia brought about half of the playroom out into the living room and left it there. Cookie ate a crayon and almost ate one of my dress pins. Oh and the great mommy that I am kept Virginia up til about 11:00pm. Because I was dying to have her try it on and she didn't want to go to bed til her special skirt was finished. Sadly I kept having problems with the elastic that I didn't finish the skirt til the next morning. Just in time for her to wear it to story time at the library.

This project was definetely a good learning experience. I learned I need to read up more on pleats and pipping. But this summer I am making it my mission to try new sewing projects and not to be afraid. I know I am going to have to make mistakes to learn and move forward. 





















6 comments on "The Pleated Skirt"

Lisa on March 21, 2012 at 10:29 PM said...

Not bad! Did you guys get a trampoline?

Absolutely Kathy on March 21, 2012 at 10:58 PM said...

No we didn't get a trampoline. Not that I wouldn't love one. But it is my friend Faby's trampoline. Virginia loved it.

marnae on March 23, 2012 at 11:02 AM said...

It looks like you need to flatten the pleats out at the bottom and hem them as you would a straight piece of fabric..you sewed the pleats down at the bottom, and they should be able to move..does that make sense? Then after you hem you can press them again to really define the pleats. Hope this helps :)

sweeter than cupcakes on March 23, 2012 at 11:52 AM said...

great skirt!

Absolutely Kathy on March 23, 2012 at 2:03 PM said...

@Marnae - thanks for the tip. yeah I really didn't know what I was doing with the pleats. Thanks for the help I will give it a shot and try to improve it.

Simple Simon & Co on March 23, 2012 at 8:46 PM said...

I like how you did the pockets in a different fabric!