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Pleated School Skirt Tutorial by stevoluvmunchkin Pleated School Skirt Tutorial by stevoluvmunchkin
My very first tutorial. Hopefully everyone can understand it. I was making a pleated school skirt for my Ryofu cosplay and decided I would take pictures of the entire process and turn it into a tutorial. I also used this same process to make the tiny skirt for my plushies. If you have any questions just ask :)

Oh and if you use my tutorial to make a skirt I would love to see pictures!
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:iconkarkawaiikat:
karkawaiikat Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
whoaa, thanks! it's so helpful <3
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SophiaHeartwell Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
This is going to be so helpful for me! :)
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funnbunny123 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
Thank you so much for this *_* you just saved my life (my cosplay needs to be done by tomorrow and I haven't even started yet XD)
I've been looking for a short but easy to understand tutorial for this without using too much math XD 
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Cookie00Raider Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Student General Artist
awesome tutorial
do you remember how much fabric you brought ?
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:iconlilxpie:
LilxPie Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Student General Artist
I'm going to try this for making my Teto skirt. :D
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KitMcSmash Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
great tutorial, I'm making a skirt for Sakura (street Fighter) so this tutorial will be a big help!
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MoonPeachBlossom Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
Great this will help me with my Sailor Guardian cosplay I hope to do during the holidays.
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UnknownOtaku4 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Good! Or Very Good! I'm going to make one!!! ^.^
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:iconcasslynthehedgehog:
CasslynTheHedgehog Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Great tutorial! Thanks! ^^
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VampireMoonBlood Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Student
how far apart do you measure the pleats
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:iconpresidentofpizza:
presidentofpizza Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
what fabric did you use?
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:iconpolychromedreams:
polychromedreams Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial!!! Did you hem the bottom of the skirt before or after you began the pleats?
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PinkOtakuGirl Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
I normally hem the bottom of my skirts before I pleat them ^ ^~ Hope it helps~
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yiyachowa123 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
thanks! my sister loves to sew, and she loved this pattern when i showed it to her! i might just have her make one for me too for cosplay and stuff.
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katharinathecurst Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
How thick did you make the waste band?
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:iconstevoluvmunchkin:
stevoluvmunchkin Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I made the waistband 8 inches and then folded it over like you see in the 10th step. So after you fold the waistband over and sew it to the other side of the zipper the waistband ends up being 4 inches.
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katharinathecurst Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Ah! Thank you so much. :) When I make one I'll be sure to show you.
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katharinathecurst Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Ah! Thank you so much. :) When I make one I'll show you a picture.
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Skarlog Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
How much overlap did you do on the pleats?
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:iconstevoluvmunchkin:
stevoluvmunchkin Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I think it was a 1 overlap. It has been a while so I don't remember exactly but I am almost positive it was a 1 inch overlap.
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yukiangel51 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
ya did good
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:iconpandagirl87:
Pandagirl87 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
This is great. I haven't been able to find a good pleated skirt pattern anywhere. This is going to help SO much! It will be perfect for my Vanellope Von Schweetz costume!!
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DhanaSwastika Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you
this tutorial was very helpful
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Chubby-Berry Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Ah thank you T___T That's exactly what I needed :D I've done this kind of a Skirt once, but with the Mom of a friend, so I can't really remember HOW xD This Tutorial is easy to understand - Great Job! *looks to the fabric for her K-ON! Skirt* Well then : Let's go! :D
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stevoluvmunchkin Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I am glad I could help :D. I cant wait to see how it turns out :)
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:iconchubby-berry:
Chubby-Berry Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
Will sew it today maybe x3 I'll post a link back 'kay? :)
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:iconstevoluvmunchkin:
stevoluvmunchkin Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I cant wait to see how it turns out :)
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andianco Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Great tutorial. Seems easier than what I imagined!... but I have never done this so let's see what I get.
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Joker-sMad-Sarcasm Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
hmm did you sew the the every pleat up to down or left to right with the waistband?
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stevoluvmunchkin Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hmm I am not sure what you mean. I folded every pleat to the left and iron all the pleats down. Then I sewed the waistband on top to keep the pleats in place.
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FlareTheFox3 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so CUTE !!!
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Skys-Gal Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you SO much! I had to make a new pleated skirt for a con in December, and it sucked. Hopefully my next one will look better :)
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StarSmith Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Very nice step by step tutorial!
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LegendofZeldaGirl Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm slightly confused...Is the waistband a separate piece of fabric or what...? Sorry for being a noob ^^;
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blanchstar Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Here's a picture of the skirt I made with the help of your tutorial: [link]
Thank you so much! <3
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stevoluvmunchkin Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
It looks awesome! I love the lace trim!
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:iconblanchstar:
blanchstar Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Student Interface Designer
LOL. Thanks! I was nervous when I was sewing that part. I doubted that the lace will be sewn correctly and firmly too .
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Tranen-Hexe Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Student General Artist
I hope to begin sewing soon, and this looks really helpful!
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O-Pumpkin-O Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
thankU soo much, awesomness on high-level , indeed ^^
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oOMewCookieOo Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Super-helpful, especially with the pics! Thanks!
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xx-yukixsasuke-xx Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
i :heart: you for making this!!!!!!!! :DDDDDD
:hug:
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takaratoast Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
um i dont understand step 5 could you explain it a little more?
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stevoluvmunchkin Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
For the waistband if you want a 4" waistband then you would cut out an 8" piece of fabric and then fold it in half to create the waistband. To attach the waistband fold the 8" piece you cut out in half, lay it on the right side of the fabric and sew along the top then just flip the waistband over. I hope that makes sense :)
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takaratoast Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
yes it does thank you!!
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Masqueraderrr Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
THANK YOU ; V ;

I've been looking everywhere for a pleated skirt tutorial and Ahh... I'm so thankful for this ♥
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Ashirexx Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Student General Artist
How would you know how much material would you need? I'm trying to make mine flow-y. Do I have to measure my hips and multiply it by 2? Sorry to bug you. xD
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stevoluvmunchkin Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh no problem at all! I would say you need at least three times as much fabric as your hips. I used 3 yards for mine and had a little left over but I made really tight pleats. The smaller your pleats are ( 1" pleats as opposed to 3" pleats) the more fabric you will need.
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Ashirexx Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Student General Artist
Okay, Thank you very much! :D You're tutorial is easy to follow, I was just stuck at length of fabric needed...
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hitomi021 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
Thanks, for the easy tutorial. It will help with my cosplay.
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SasuNaru-4ever-LUV Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
I might use this for my school uniform.
We're only allowed to wear navy blue skirts and the skirts they sell at school are horrible . . .
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