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Box Pleated Midi Skirt

Box Pleated Midi Skirt

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My current & latest obsession is box pleats!! I like the structured look that it adds, especially to skirts. They’re easy to create and there’s no pattern needed.  Even better, right?

Here’s the look that inspired me…

pleated leather

Shop the look:  Sacks Fifth Ave  $495 Pleated Leather Skirt

Sew the Look:

For this particular skirt, you can use a Linen-Look silky knit, lightweight suiting fabrics etc.  Experiment with your fabrics.  I’m sure you can create this look with a variety of fabric choices.

Things you’ll need:

  • Your waist and length measurements (+2-3 inches for the waistband)
  • Zipper
  • Interfacing
  • Hook & Eye
  • Matching Thread

DIY Pleated Midi Skirt

I created my own faced waistband and successfully installed a zipper down the back, center & closed with a hook and eye.

DIY Pleated Midi Skirt

Having pockets is a must-have for me >>  I added side pockets using Vogue 8909 pocket pattern.  Also seen here.

DIY Pleated Midi Skirt

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DIY Pleated Midi Skirt

A few tips to remember: To save yourself time on the back end, cut the length of your skirt 1st.  Serge the edges (or zig zag stitch); hem the bottom and then create your pleats.  Don’t be in a rush to make the pleats 1st!  You’ll be disappointed when you have to go back over your garment later.

I’m thinking of doing a tutorial on creating box pleats, so stay tuned!

DIY Pleated Midi Skirt

This really is such a quick and easy project, great for beginners!

Interested in learning how I made these pleats?  Let me know in the comment box below!

Until next time,




  1. Char
    May 5, 2015 / 11:26 AM

    I would love to learn how to make box pleats. My sons girlfriend asked me last year to make her a skirt like this. I haven’t yet. Thank you

    • afashionaddict
      May 5, 2015 / 11:36 AM

      Hi Char!
      I think you’ll be pleased with how easy they are to make. I’m hoping to be able to include the math, but will work on posting a video to the blog soon!
      Thank you for your feedback!

    • afashionaddict
      May 5, 2015 / 9:13 PM

      Thank you @ThirtyPlus1andBeyond!

  2. SpiffyGirlClothes
    May 5, 2015 / 10:56 PM

    Thank you for sharing, and I’d love to learn how to do box pleats.

    • afashionaddict
      May 6, 2015 / 10:35 PM

      I am planning on posting a tutorial soon. I’m new to videos and a tad bit shy, but will definitely show how it’s done! Thanks so much for your feedback!

  3. rachel
    May 6, 2015 / 3:11 PM

    What a great tip to hem your skirt first!!

    • afashionaddict
      May 6, 2015 / 10:37 PM

      Thanks, Rachel!

      For box pleats, since there is some ironing involved, this is something you’ll want to do before constructing the pleats because you’ll be ironing your pleats down. (I learned the hard way!)

  4. May 28, 2015 / 3:32 PM

    I love pleats, too. And your skirt is lovely. I usually use a pattern for pleated looks because I’m lazy about the math to draft my own, but sometimes I play around with draping pleats on a dress form. Would love to read your tutorial…am always looking for new ways to do things.

    • afashionaddict
      May 29, 2015 / 3:41 PM

      Thank you Najah! You’re too sweet 🙂
      LOL! I totally understand! They’re [pleats] a lot of work.

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