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Kelly Sewalong : Pleats

Kelly Sewalong - Pleats

If you are making a pleated version of the Kelly skirt, this post is for you! (Don’t worry, if you are choosing gathers, that post is up next). This pattern uses inverted box pleats, so that’s what we will go over today. But if you want to play around with different pleat styles, we would love to see it! Ok, let’s take a look at these pleats…

how to sew the pleats on the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

First of all, these are where the pleats are marked on your pattern pieces and how they will work. There are three notches for each pleat. The red notches are brought into the blue notch. Make sure you have your sizes correct notches.

how to sew the pleats on the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Transfer those notch markings to the right side of your fabric.

how to sew the pleats on the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

With right side of the fabric facing up at you, grab the first notch all the way to the left…

how to sew the pleats on the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns
how to sew the pleats on the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Fold along that first notch, and bring it to meet the middle notch.

how to sew the pleats on the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Pin in place.

how to sew the pleats on the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Now pick up the notch all the way to the right.

how to sew the pleats on the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns
how to sew the pleats on the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Do the same thing – fold along that notch, and bring it to meet the middle notch, right up against the other side of the pleat you just did.

how to sew the pleats on the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Pin in place. That completes one pleat.

how to sew the pleats on the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Repeat the process for all four pleats.

how to sew the pleats on the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

This is what the pleats look like from the wrong side of the fabric.

how to sew the pleats on the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns
how to sew the pleats on the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Stay stitch the pleats in place just under 5/8″ from the raw edge, and press them flat. You’re ready for the waistband!


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About Author

Holly writes part time for the Megan Nielsen blog– sewing like crazy, creating tutorials and sewalongs. She has been sewing since she was a little girl, and has her degree in apparel design. Now she’s a stay at home mama, and spends all her free nap times at her sewing machine.

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