Along with brilliantly colored leaves and cooling weather, nothing signifies the Fall season like the start of a new school year! Forever 18 Inches has created a classic schoolgirl skirt for the occasion, with a design that's timeless enough to be historically accurate from the 1940s to today. Change the top and accessories that pair with the skirt, and change the era! This skirt pattern is a quick-sewing project that uses a very easy, non-standard method to mark and create the pleats that define this skirt. If you hate chalk and marking pens, this pattern is for you! Three options are included within this PDF sewing pattern for different looks: front and back pleats with a faux-buttoned front placket, suspenders for a Swing-era look, and a simplified variation that eliminates the back pleats and placket. All options include a waistband with a flat front and elasticized back for a universal fit.
As an added bonus, this skirt fits Journey Girls too!
Recommended Fabrics: A woven fabric such as a medium-weight quilter's cotton (or similar fabrics) are ideal. Not recommended for fabrics with a loose weave or a tendency to fray easily.
- Option 1: ½ yd. of woven fabric such as medium-weight quilter's cotton
- Option 2: ½ yd. of woven fabric such as medium-weight quilter's cotton
- Option 3: ½ yd. of woven fabric such as medium-weight quilter's cotton
Woven fabrics made from natural fibers are recommended. The fabric should have a tight weave and be no thicker than medium-weight quilter's cotton.
1. Matching thread
2. One pair of small, very sharp scissor to trim seam allowances.
3. A small sturdy safety pin (approximately 3/8” x 7/8” or smaller)
4. One 5" long piece of 3/8" elastic (1/4" will also work)
5. Optional: contrasting thread for topstitching
6. Optional: Fray Check
7. Optional: a hemostat for turning the Placket
In addition, Option 1 needs:
1. Two ¼” buttons
In addition, Options 2 needs:
1. Four ¼” buttons
Skill Level: Easy and Intermediate
What You Get: One 36 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF sewing pattern provides full color step-by-step illustrated instructions and full size pattern pieces. A PDF reader is required to view and print the files (example: Adobe Reader or Preview for MAC). The download link is received immediately after the transaction is complete. Print copies are NOT available.Download, Print, Sew!
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Excellent pattern and instructions for a wardrobe essential.
I made 2 skirts from this pattern. One with no pleats in the back and the other with pleats front and back. The instructions on how to mark and make the pleats was confusing and unsatisfactory. The 2nd skirt I marked the pleats with chalk and folded them to matching lines. This gave a much better out come.
This was perfect for what I needed it for - sewing a skirt matching my daughter’s school uniform. It was simple and the instructions were clear and it looks gorgeous! Definitely recommend this pattern.