Want to make an easy pleated gorgeous-looking skirt? This Starboard Skirt (and tutorial) are so simple you can make a great skirt in one afternoon and you will find yourself wearing it forever. The other perfect thing is that you can make it for yourself, your tween or your little girl! It’s such a versatile skirt pattern for all ages!
Are you ready to make one? This is a great sewing project for a beginners. (I promise.) So, if you have a sewing machine that is collecting dust in your closet of doom— now is the time to get it out! Every little girl (or even bigger girl) needs an easy pleated Starboard Skirt this summer (or fall, or winter).
One note about fabrics. I think that these skirts look cuter with a thicker, heavier-weight fabric. This yellow chevron print is actually a home decor fabric, and is a heavy-weight cotton twill. The heavier the fabric, the more structure this skirt will have. Do your measurements below to figure out how much fabric you will need. Also, remember to wash your fabrics first, and in the case of bold colors and whites combined (especially reds) put some salt in the washing water to keep the color from bleeding out.
You will also need a piece of elastic. I used 1 inch, but you could use 3/4 inch just as easily. (The following measurements will tell you how much you need.)
Ok, first you have to do some math….but I promise it’s not hard.
*Measure your little girl’s waist. (My little girl wears a 5/6 but she has a 20 inch waist, more like a size 4.)
*Divide this measurement in half. (Mine is 10 inches, one 10 inch measurement for the skirt front and one for the skirt back.)
Now you need to do the math for the front piece.
*Take your front skirt starting measurement (10 inches) and add 8 inches for the front inverted pleat plus 1 inch for seam allowances (they will be 1/2 inch seams on each side). (My front panel is now 19 inches.) Find the length you want plus 2 inches for a casing and hem.
One more measurement…take your starting measurement (mine was 10 inches) and subtract 2 inches to get the measurement for your elastic. (Mine is now 8 inches of 1-inch elastic.)
Now that you have your pieces cut, here is what you do.
Easy enough….now go, run to the fabric store…grab some fabric and GET sewing. And trust me, I apologize in advance when you are up sewing a million skirts at 1 a.m. I truly am sorry….
Please remember to wash and dry both fabrics (they are both 100% cotton-or be prepared to dry clean)…..BEFORE you sew….and I put some salt in the water so the colors wouldn’t bleed.