Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The pleated skirt DIY

I love everything metallic right know. Either if you're going to spend the party season between  social events or with your friends and family there is only one rule to obey: sparkle! I start putting some glitters in my wardrobe with this skirt I made, a pleated one. It doesn't require any pattern; I hope you'll like this tutorial I made for you.

Sia che passiate la stagione natalizia tra eventi mondani o con famiglia ed amici c'è una sola regola da osservare quest'anno: brillare. Io ho cominciato ad aggiungere lustini nel mio guardaroba con questa gonna che ho realizzato. Si può realizzare senza modello, spero che vi piaccia il tutorial che ho confezionato per voi.

the inspiration

the "pattern"

 You'll need:
1 long rectangle of fabric to make pleats 
1 short rectangle of fabric to make the belt
an elastic band 

Vi serviranno:
1 rettangolo di stoffa lungo per la gonna a pieghe
1 rettangolo di stoffa basso per la cinta
un elastico

To make this skirt I chose a gold lame fabric. You have to cut a rectangular piece of fabric 3 times longer than your hips cincumference. The height of the rectangle is the skirt height (you choose it),leave a little extra lenght to make hems. Cut your piece of fabric and hem it at the bottom.
We'll need another rectangle of fabric that will become the skirt belt. We'll insert an elastic band into the belt to obtain a perfect fit.

Per realizzare questa gonna ho scelto una stoffa dorata in lamè (si può trovare in merceria in vari colori) da cui ricaverete un rettangolo lungo 3 volte la circonferenza fianchi. L'altezza del rettangolo è invece la lunghezza della gonna,sceglietela a piacere,contate un margine per gli orli. Tagliate il rettangolo e orlatelo sul fondo.
Un altro rettangolo ci servirà poi per realizzare la cinta della gonna in cui inseriremo un elastico ottenendo così il fitting desiderato.

In order to make the pleats pinch and fold the fabric
Make every pleat 3 cm wide
Check the top and the bottom of your rectangle and make sure the pleats width is the same on both sides

Per ottenere le pieghe sollevate la stoffa e piegatela. Realizzate pieghe larghe 3 cm.
Controllate che sopra e sotto che siano della stessa larghezza.
Fasten pleats with pins so they won't move.
Baste the pleats and then sew them at the top. 

Fermate le pieghe con degli spilli in modo che non si muovano.
Imbastite le pieghe e poi eseguite la cucitura in vita per fermarle.
The skirt is almost done.
Let's make the belt.
Cut a rectangular piece of fabric long as your hips circumference. Its height is up to you and depends on how tall you want to make the belt. For example to make it 3 cms tall, make the rectangle 6 cms tall plus a little extra for hems.

La gonna è quasi fatta.
Realizziamo la cinta.
Tagliate un rettangolo di stoffa lungo quanto la circonferenza fianchi . L'altezza del rettangolo dipende quanto volete che sia alta la cinta. Se volete una cinta alta 3 cm l'altezza del rettangolo deve il doppio. Ricordatevi di lasciare un bordino per gli orli.

Reverse the rectangular piece of fabric and pin it over the top of the skirt then sew it.

Mettete la striscia a rovescio e appuntatela sopra la gonna (a dritto); poi cucitela sul bordo della gonna.

 Turn over the skirt and hem the rectangle.

Mettete la gonna a rovescio e orlate il rettangolo.

Fold the rectangle over and sew it on the skirt.
You've now obtained a horizontal pocket where you can insert the elastic band. Attach a big safety pin to the band,it will help you inserting it into the belt.
Cut the elastic band a little shorter than your low waistline. Sew the elastic band ends together.

Piegate il rettangolo a metà e cucitelo sulla gonna.
Abbiamo così ottenuto una "tasca" in cui inserire l'elastico. Appuntate una spilla da balia grande sull'elastico e cominciate ad infilarlo. La spilla vi aiuterà a completare velocemente l'operazione, poi rimuovetela. Tagliate l'elastico un po' più corto della vostra circonferenza alla "vita bassa". Cucite gli estremi dell'elastico insieme.
Now it's time to close the skirt. Fold in half your rectangle and make a lateral seam and you've done!
 I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial, share your thoughts and advices :) sorridente.

E' ora il momento di completare la gonna. Piegate il rettangolo a metà a rovescio ed eseguite una cucitura laterale per chiudere la gonna. Et voilà!
Spero che il tutorial vi sia piaciuto; se avete dei consigli da condividere sono bene accetti :) sorridente.


Sparks In Spring said...

I want to try this but how does the pleats hold? Thanks for sharing!

My fashion blog said...

the result loos so beautiful

Matter Of Style said...

@sparks in springs
The pleats must be sewed only at the top of the skirt. You block them with pins at the top then you make a seam to fix them.

this is the type of pleated skirt where the pleats are blocked at the top but not at the bottom. This allow you to obtain a skirt that is close fitting at the waist and then full at the bottom.

Guenda said...

caspita! che carina!!


TyshaJames said...

Thats so cool how you gave it that pleated effect! WOW I am loving sparkle and pleats! FAB combo! I wish I was half as talented as you! xoxo Ty

Desdetenerifeconamor said...

Absolutely wonderful! I copied it! Stop by my blog to see my latest DIY-inspired shoes from Proenza Schuller! Hope you like!

Fash Boulevard said...

ahhh. omg. i'm not kidding, i want this. so amazing. i can think of a million places I's wear it. lol. obsessed. thanks for sharing, love. I've got a new fash trend report. Love to hear what you think. xo


Anna said...

I looove this skirt!!!
The colour is so great!


...love Maegan said...

I can't stop staring at the second shot! such a pretty skirt!

Nádia said...

great ideas and great DIY!!!

Following now!

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Hannah F said...

I love this. Can't wait to go to the fabric store today and make two! A sparkly one for the holiday parties, and one for daytime.

Hannah F said...
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Matter Of Style said...

Thanks for the sweet comments!
@desnerifeconamor and @Hannah
can't wait to see yours! ;D

natalie pang said...

I love this design! I tried doing this but the skirt waist always came up short. I made it even longer than 3 times and the pleats are only 3cm. What am I doing wrong?

natalie pang said...

My skirt always ends up a few inches short at the waist even though my fabric is a longer than 3x my hip. What am doing wrong?

Matter Of Style said...

Hi Natalie,
let me ask you something, are you overlapping the pleats?
Each pleat is done folding 3 times the fabric. The following pleat must be done close to the other not over, is that your problem?

Onnari Osemene said...

Tres magnifique! Another cool one from one of my mentors from afar *grinning*