(Closed) Can I fix this skirt without ruining it?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
558 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

To me, skirts that are supposed to have pleats always look a little wilted and misshapen when the pleats are taken out/start losing their crispness. 

Post # 4
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

yeah, I don’t think you’ll be able to iron them out with your at home iron.

Post # 5
2237 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

i would take it to a dry cleaner and ask them.  then if they say it will work you could actually have them steam/starch it, which would probably look better then you trying to do it yourself.

Post # 6
2195 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Wow, no, I would definitely not try that.  For one, the fabric looks really delicate, and you’d have to turn your iron on very hot to even come close to ironing out a ‘permanent’ pleat like that.  Second, are you sure they aren’t at all sewn into the skirt at the waistband?  They start out totally flat at the top?  That seems weird to me.  But regardless, I do not think you would be successful trying to iron these out. What is the material?  I wouldn’t even try washing that skirt, especially giving it a “strong wash”…even if it’s cotton, it just looks way too delicate.

Post # 7
409 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

The garment is cut and sewn with the sewing pattern taking into account the accordion pleats, it will be ruining the skirt if you try to iron or wash them out.  Plus, they are probably treated to remain even through washing.  Also, if you are planning on removing the top, you will have to find a way to set the zipper into the skirt, so you can get it on…  super complicated and I would only try it if you are an expert in clothing construction.

The style of skirt you want is very simple.  Can you or someone you know just find a pattern and make it for you the way you want?  Even if the pattern is for a one layer skirt, it is simple enough to just cut an extra layer a little longer and sew both into the waistband.

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