How To Sew A Kick Pleat on Skirt
The kick pleat is the important detail of skirt. Learn how to sew a kick pleat on the skirt correctly and easy.
If you will sew a pencil skirt you must be able to make darts, to install an ivisible zipper and make the kick pleat (sometimes called a vent or split).
Accurate sewing of vent on skirt is not easy, aspecialy when skirt has lining. This tutorial is adapted for beginners and executed on an experimental piece of fabric.
During drafting a pencil skirt you should consider the size of the vent area. A kick pleat is an opening in a back seam having the lenght 25 cm and width 5 cm.
Use this scheme for drafting the kick pleat on both back parts of skirt.
Both vent areas should be duplicated by adhesive fabric, as shown.
Now it's time to finish edges using a zigzag stitch or overlocker all the way around.
Mark the vertical line with chalk on right side. Place both parts of fabrics together and bang with your palm in the area where the chalk line is drawn. The line drawn by chalk will leave a trace on the second part.
Along these lines you will to fold the fabric of vent in the next steps and to sew both back halves of skirt together.
Make the upper extension edges at a 30-45-degree angle to the seam. Don't stitch this seam full, leave about 1 cm, as shown.
Now fold the edge of vent on the right half and press it, as shown.
On this photo you see the seam where needs add an invisible zipper. Before sewing it you need to press seam allowance (open).
The lower end of this seam you need press as shown.
Now press the left part of kick pleat (along the line), as shown.
If the fabric of skirt has stripes you must to check the width of the strip in the area where the split is located.
Now you need to make the finishing stitch on the face side a skirt, as shown.
Ideally is when these stitches are coincide.
Now it's time to make the bottom part of kick pleat along the hemline.
First draw the hem line of skirt with chalk.
Fold the left part of vent as shown by focusing on the previously ironed line.
Pin the fold and continue the line, as shown.
Sew along this line, as shown.
Now you need to turn it to the front using an awl or other tool.
Press it well.
At the last step you need to stitch along left half of vent, as shown.
So it will look the kick pleat on your skirt, if you did it right.
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