A few months ago I saw this cute lace accented flare dress that reminded me of a cheerleading skirt and thought I’d DIY it up with a stretch jersey dress… and then when I finally got around to doing it I didn’t have a dress that would work for the look so I found a simple stretch jersey tube skirt and got busy. It’s really easy and really cute and just takes a bit of precision.
Check out all the Fall 2015 Carwash Pleats skirts and dresses!
Here’s What You’ll Need…
- Stretch jersey fitted dress or tube skirt
- Rotary Cutting Set or the like
- Optional: sheer ballet skirt, flared lace skirt, or any mini circle skirt. Mine is from Leyendecker LA which you can see here with my DIY Lace Halter Bustier or here in an old outfit post
Here’s a Quickie Before & After…
Flip your skirt or dress inside out and get your rotary cutter, cutting mat and ruler ready. I did it free hand, but if you’d rather, use a fabric pencil and draw dashed lines as a pattern.
Lay your skirt/dress flat, slip your cutting board between the layers, lay your ruler center, line it up with the mat board, and cut your first line off center.
I decided I wanted my “pleats” to be about 2 inches wide and to hit lengthwise, just below my hip bone, so after I made my first cut, I measured 2 inches from the edge, and sliced again.
Continue measuring 2 inches from your last cut all the way around your skirt/dress until you’ve gone all the way around.
It should look something like this.
Layer it over your ballet skirt and you’re done! You can also wear it alone with leggings or as a coverup in the summer without layering it over another skirt.
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