Long associated with schoolgirls, kilts and Marilyn Monroe, it may surprise you to learn that the origin of the pleated skirts actually have a history in military and ceremonial events for men. The history of pleating itself however goes back even further, with evidence of the technique being discovered in Ancient Egypt, making this a style truly fit for queens and pharaohs!
Over the years, the pleated skirt has been a regular feature in Scottish ceremonies and battles, Greek military celebrations and, of course, the instantly recognizable uniform of the private school system.
The reason for their popularity is clear; the pleated skirt is practical, comfortable, and simple – and fortunately for you, super easy to conjury up through the magic of art!
Step-By-Step Images and Instructions
Get a blank sheet of paper and a gray pencil. Begin with two long, thin rectangles, one slightly shorter stacked upon a slightly longer shape, placed in the center of your page, around an inch from the top.
Next, draw two smooth, slightly curved lines coming down on either side, descending from the top rectangles. On the right hand side, add a shorter curved line coming from around halfway down – this will create almost a “triangle” shape to the right of the skirt.
Connect the three lines with a wavy line across the bottom.
Now for some pleats! Divide the width of the skirt into five sections, by drawing four sets of lines – these should be narrow at the top, and flare out as they reach the bottom of the skirt. Make sure they are roughly an even distance apart so that you have neat, tidy pleats.
Now, return to the rectangles you started with – these are the waistband of your skirt. Add a long, thin strip across the top to form a belt, and add a large “C” shape in the middle for the buckle. Next, add three small circles to display the belt holes, and a thin clasp to secure it in place. You will now have a belt across the top of the waistband – finish with a few strips bisecting the belt to represent the belt loops.
Add a brown outline with a brown pen to the shape of the skirt, and belt you have just created. Next, shade in the belt loops and the top of the skirt with the same shade.
Add the same brown outlines to each of the pleats in the main body of the skirt.
And then fill in the sections between the pleats with the same shade – this will leave you with four “triangle” shapes in the center of the skirt, as well as a belt to still be filled in.
Add some color to the belt with a solid black shade, adding silvery tomes to the buckle, clasp and holes. Use a black pen for this step.
Now, fill in the four pleats running across the skirt with the same bold, black shade.
And finish your creation by simply tidying up the edges, and making sure everything looks great!
Now that you know how to create a pleated skirt, why not turn your attention to the other possibilities – craft your whole wardrobe, try new colors, tones and designs, or simply enjoy the chance to design and innovate with a range of styles. Remember, the pleated skirt was deemed fit for royalty and military heroes – it comes with a huge number of possibilities!