Cut the fabric to desired length. Length must be 3x your waist measurement.
Sew the back seam. [Optional] Leave enough space to insert a 7″ zipper. [It is best to make the skirt with an elastic waistband.]
Hem the fabric with an upturned 5/8″ hem.
Pleat the skirt. All pleats, except for the middle front and two middle back pleats, are knife pleats. See pleating reference below.
Seam iron the pleats in place.
[Optional] Edge stitch the pleats working from the hem upwards.
Cut out the waistband.
If you’re making a skirt with a zipper, inter face the waistband first. Next pin the waistband to the skirt, right sides together. Adjust the pleats. Sew a 5/8″ seam. Fold the band in half, right sides together, and sew a 1/2″ sew on both ends of the band. Clip corners and turn right side out. Fold up a 5/8″ sew on the band. Hand sew the band to the skirt making sure to cover previous waistband seam. Insert zipper and apply waistband hook and eye to waistband.
If you’re making a skirt with an elastic waistband, sew the back waistband seam before attaching the waistband to the skirt. [The waistband must be your hip measurement+ 1-1 1/4″ seam allowance.] Pin the waistband to the skirt, right sides together. Adjust pleats if needed. Sew the waistband to the skirt with a 5/8″ seam. Cut the elastic to your waist measurement. Fold up a 5/8″ seam on waistband’s unfinished side. Hand sew over the previous seam, leaving a space big enough to insert the elastic. Insert elastic. Hand sew the elastic insertion hole closed.
Paint the design on with pleats together first. Fill in the rest of the design after the paint has dried.
Vwola! The skirt is done. I hope that made sense. If not let me know and I will happily clarify.