Box Pleated Skirt Math !

Hey Hunnies!!!!

I know its been a few weeks since I made a post but im back !!!
Work and Life has been crazy but I am adjusting ...
However I didn't forget my hunnies and I am back with a very sought after DIY
( at least in my opinion)
I have searched the web through and through for a ACCURATE tutorial on how to do ...
BOX PLEATS !! ......But no luck!.



 So I decided I would not only provide you with the math BUT I'm going to do you one better .....

I'm going to SHOW YOU how I made mine .... :)





MATH 

1ST CALCULATION :

Find your waist measurement total : measure your natural waist + 1.5 inches (FOR EASE OF WEAR AND SEAM ALLOWANCE )
33 + 1.5 =34.5   FOR ME



2ND CALCULATION :
Find the amount of fabric you need 
Formula
Waist + inch of pleats (3) × number of pleats = total inches of fabric you Need
34.5 + 3 (6) = 52.50 inches of fabric

NOTE: IF YOU WANT POCKETS YOU NEED TO ADD ANOTHER 1.5 (FOR EASE AND SEAM ALLOWANCE ) THEN CUT FABRIC DOWN THE MIDDLE


3RD CALCULATION : 
Now you need to know how far apart each pleat will be
Formula:
Waist measurement total ÷ number of pleats = distance between pleats

34.5 ÷6 = 5.75 inches


Numbers Needed
Waist measurement total : 34.5
Amount of fabric : 52.5 
Distance between pleats : 5.75 inches 

* Note: One thing I discovered while making this skirt is that an easier way to do the zipper area is to account for seam allowance in one of your side pleats, instead of doing it in the back 
(like I do in this video  ) .
If you make that adjustment you can just add the zipper on the side with no fuss of putting it in a pleat.*. 

Here is where you adjust the Math :

Waist measurement total ÷ number of pleats = distance between pleats

34.5 ÷6 = 5.75 inches

INSTEAD OF ADDING YOUR ENTIRE WAIST TOTAL YOU NEED TO JUST ADD YOUR NATURAL WAIST AND THEN CALCULATE YOUR SEAM ALLOWANCE INTO ONE PLEAT ON THE SIDE 

EXAMPLE :
33 ÷ 6 =   5.5 INCH SPACES 

ONE SPACE WILL BE 7" 
( 5.5 SPACE + 1.5 SEAM ALLOWANCE  =  7 "INCHES ) 


I HOPE ALL THIS MAKES SENSE .. I WOULD SUGGEST PRACTICING ON MUSLIN FIRST ... THE GOOD THING ABOUT THESE FORMULAS IS THAT YOU CAN ADJUST THEM TO YOUR LIKING ...

IF YOU WANT THE DRESS FULLER AT THE BOTTOM YOU CAN ADD INCHES TO YOUR PLEAT 
( ALL THIS IS EXPLAINED IN THE VIDEO) 





I hope you enjoy the Video !! 
If you have any questions please leave comments and I will be glad to explain as best as I can :) 




Until Next Time !!
XOXOXOX 






Box Pleated Skirt Math !

4 comments

  1. OMG! Thank you so much for making this tutorial! I have been searching for weeks on how to do box pleated skirt math and thanks to you, I can now make as many skirts as I want no matter who it's for and not have a migraine:)

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  2. I just found your blog and I need to make a skirt for a performance I'm doing next month in November. Finding a site that offers to help with all the calculations helps a lot, but I was wondering if certain adjustments would work:

    1) You used 6 pleats for your skirt and mentioned you could add more if you like, but can you also have less pleats and have this still work? I want two on the front and back, none on the side, so that'd give me 4 pleats instead.
    2) If I wanted to put the zipper on the side like you mentioned in your edit, would I add that seam allowance to only one pleat? Say if my pleat distance came up to be 8.125, just the zipper-accommodating pleat would be 9.625. That wouldn't be the adjusted pleat distance for the whole skirt, correct?

    Basically, this is the kind of skirt I'm wanting to do:
    http://melodyzombie.deviantart.com/art/Sweet-blade-315789498
    I don't want any pleats on the sides, hence why I asked about 4 instead of 6 total.

    Thanks, and your end result turned out really nice!

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  3. Thanks alot girl you made my day I have been searching for long, now I'm good to go and make lots of box pleats dresses God bless.

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