- Measure the full distance of the pleating area
- Pick a lucky number (not really, I just happened to like ~ 1" wide pleats which would result in 1/2" folds when done)
- Mark your pleat points (I made sure to allow some space between the end of the pleat and the beginning of the next one so that the pleats didn't lay one atop the other, otherwise that would add unnecessary bulk when sewing.)
You may notice that the top is floppy and loose. It's designed to be tied in a bow. However, there is enough friction with this knit that it stays in place when just tied once without knotting. Pretty dang amazing if you ask me. It wouldn't hold in a slippery fabric, tacking would be required.
Fabric for the shirt is from Billie's Designer Fabrics in Chehalis, WA.
Fabric for the skirt from Marcy Tilton
Patterns for both: Bootstrap Fashion