For this project, we wanted to created a piece of pleated fabric that would go all the way around my waist, so all we had to do was dd a zip at the back, rather than sewing three pieces together. This may not be the traditional way to do it but we found it much easier. SO when you buy your fabric make sure it is around 3 times in lengthh (and suitable in terms of drop or width to be midi) your waist size so you can make the pleats.
1. First we’re going to create the pleats in the fabric. Take your piece of fabric and fold it in half length ways to find the middle- this is the mid point which all your pleats are going to face towards.
2. We have chosen 10 cm (4 inches) as the pleat size, but you can use any size you like. Using your chalk, mark 10 cm (4″) on either side of the centre point and then continue these interval marks all the way along the edge of the fabric.
3. To make the pleats, take the second marked point, (20cm – 8″ – from the centre point) fold it over and line it up with the centre point to create your first pleat. Pin it in place.
4. Keep repeating this pleating process from both sides into the centre point.
5. Do a light stitch along the top to hold the pleats in place.
6. Cut out your waistband, fold it in half and pin.
7. Place the waistband upside-down matching with the top of the pleats. Pin in place.
8. Sew with a 1cm (half inch) seam allowance along the top.
9. This will attach the waistband to the skirt.
10. Fold the skirt in half with the right side facing each other and pin in place. Start from the bottom and sew along the open edge leaving room for a zip at the top.
11. Pin your zip in place.
12. Roll out the teeth of your zip as you sew along side them.
13. Hand sew a hook and eye to the top of your zip. Lastly, hem the bottom of the skirt by folding the edge under by 1cm and sewing along the edge.