Navy pleated skirt – free pattern and tutorial

I'd been held up previously by not having a zipper foot so my sewing options were limited.  But I'm pleased to say my prized foot is in hand and ready to sew – and I made use of it right away with this Navy Pleated Skirt.

So Sew Easy - Navy pleat skirt

It's made from a free tutorial here at Grosgrain Fabulous.  The tutorial gives full info on sizing and drawing up your pattern and how to sew. She recommends a stiffer fabric like a linen or cotton twill to hold the pleats and stiffen the waistband, but I fancied a lighter version and this was made with yet another fabric remnant – a soft and drapey navy blue something.  It makes the skirt very light and cool to wear and gives it a softer appearance than the one featured in the tutorial.  I also made mine a little longer and fuller.  We don't want to copy -right?

So Sew Easy - Navy pleat skirt

If I had thought of it before, I could have interfaced the waistband, but it's still fine as it is.  I love the look of the belt loops and the tie.  But the skirt looks great without the tie as well, and it fits really nicely around the waist because it was easy to adjust the pleats until the fit was just right.  If you are new to sewing, I certainly recommend having a go at this skirt just for this reason.

So Sew Easy - Navy pleat skirt

This really was easy to make, and easy to sew.  It was my first time with a zip, but it went together just fine with my swanky new adjustable zipper foot.  Everything you need is in the great tutorial – enjoy!  (Modeled with my scoop neck t-shirt from the Sewing with Knits course.)

So Sew Easy - Navy pleat skirt

Authored by: Deby at So Sew Easy

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Looks great.

April @ Angel's Homestead

Your skirt reminded me of Springtime, which is taking it’s sweet time getting here! It looks great. Thank you so much for sharing with Saturday Spotlight last week. I hope you come by today to share more of your awesome creations!


Kelly @ View Along the Way

So pretty and such a versatile piece! Thanks for linking up to Monday Funday!

Amy MayenAmy mayen

Great skirt!!!


Oh I love the skirt, it is very flattering!

Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!
Make sure to check back on Friday to see if you were featured.


What a great skirt ~ I need some more pleats in my life!

Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. 🙂

(¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo


That skirt is so stinkin cute! I am like seriously new to sewing, but maybe in a few months I will tackle this one, just my style:) Thanks for linking up another great project.

Karen Schulz

visiting from show and tell Saturday. This is a fantastic skirt. You have great sewing skills


I love seeing what you make. This is so flattering

Mary Beth @ Cupcakes and Crinoline

Thanks for sharing another GREAT sewing project at Project Inspire{d} ~ have a great week!

Crystelle Boutique

That skirt turned out so very pretty! You should be very proud of yourself!

hugs x

Ana Sullivan
Ana Sullivan

Hi. I linked over here from Sew Cute Tuesday and found that I am already a subscriber of yours. You have such great ideas and patterns. See my Easter Dress at:


This looks really good! I love the waist and the colour – great job!


Looks good, Deby! It looks like you got the length right. It looks really good with the scoop neck t-shirt you made.


Awesome tutorials, Deby. Great work! Linda