It’s the beginning of the first school term here in NZ and with that comes school uniforms. Many colleges (high schools) require girls to wear kilts and sometimes these need alteration.
Kilts come and go from fashion trends too, so of course this tutorial may be handy for refashionistas too.
Hello popular-UK-store-selling-skirts-similar-to-the uniform-I’m-altering! Awkward.
The large amount of pleating may seem initially daunting, but it’s just a matter of pressing those out before hemming and then pressing them back into place again when you’re done.
Here’s what you do:
Gently apply heat onto the damp cloth with an iron, pressing the fabric for a few seconds before lifting and moving onto another section. Try not to push the iron around on top of the fabric, just pressing it down is fine.
Pin the hem to your desired length and sew.
I like to use a blind hem stitch for a professional finish and it’s really forgiving.
Pin your pleats back into place, using the pleating further up the skirt as a guide. Using a damp cloth again, press the pleats back into place. Bearing in mind that the fabric on the underside is now being pressed in the opposite direction to what it was, you may need a little patience and extra attention to have it looking crisp again.
All done! The shortened kilt is ready to rock either at school or down High Street, depending on where you live 😉