Happiness: pleated Ikea skirt

Sooo I have this huge backlog of sewing projects. Why? Partly because with 3 kids, my sewingtime is precious.

But it’s also because I’m just to much of a perfectionist. My favourite pastime is reading sewing blogs. Seeing all these great pictures and detailed posts, I become unsure about my makes and pictures.

And then time passes, and the number of unblogged projects grows. I realise perfect doesn’t exist, so without further ado I present one of my not so recent makes:

My happiness pleated skirt, (made in february! time flies)

My plan was to make a simple skirt with fabric from my stash. Well I thought it would be a simple make…

But with my perfectionism, it was actually pretty complicated and time consuming.

I was inspired by Tilly’s beautifull Thinking in shapes skirt. What I didn’t realise was that it’s almost impossible to get pleats across the design ánd match the sideseams ánd fitting to my measurements.

I learned more about pleats by this great detailed post from VeraVenus. I cut 2 rectangles for the back and front using the entire fabric width and  folded and basted the pleats using the graphic fabric design as a guideline, and cut the sides to get a patternmatching side seam.


Then I installed a simple sideseampocket, using a little piece of fabric I got from my grandmother and sewed this sideseam.

I made a simple rectangular waistband and attached it following the method described by Missmakes 3quarter circle skirt.

Finally I installed a invisible zip following the tutorial from Byhandlondon and made a wide double folded hem following the design of the fabric.

All edges are finished with the overlockstitch from my sewingmachine, using the overlockfoot.

And now I have this lovely colourfull skirt! I do need to make more matching tops. Taking pictures was another challenge with 3 kids and a husband who isn’t home before dark most of the time, and doesn’t like making pictures. First I made some pictures using the mirror, but when the sun was shining I just put my camera on a flat surface in our garden and snapped some using the selftimer. In hindsight the sun was too bright, but well there’s no such thing as the perfect results 😉



Hey kiddo! This time mommy wasn’t taking pictures of you actually



I’m pretty happy with this invisible zipper installation



Find the pocket


Back view, I think the pleat placement turned out pretty good.


Yay pocket! A bit low but still functional



Twirly skirt!


happy skirt!



This skirt makes me happy not only because of the colors, it also has a emotional value because of it’s history.

I bought this piece of fabric back in 2011, I remember it very clearly because it was the first time I was heading out after the birth of my second son Niek. Together with my twinsister and both my sons we went to Ikea Delft, wearing Niek in a babywearingwrap.

A few months later, Niek died at the consequences of a too late discovered rare liver disease. Now this silly piece of fabric reminds of that day out, when life was still simple and breezy and lighthearted…

About me

12037936_1049790881720845_7816244729569528366_nI’m Hilde, living in the Netherlands, 31 years, happily married and stay at home mother of 4.

Our second son died at the age of 5,5 months.

We have a 6 year old boy, a 3 year old daughter and a 11 month old boy

In a previous life 😉 I was a civil engineer

Because I couldn’t find clothes I love and fit I decided to start sewing. Until recently just for the kids, but I want to make stuff for myself now.

Being tall (1,82m) and slim it isn’t always easy to find good fitting clothes. Also my taste isn’t standard.

By starting a blog I hope to keep track of my progress.

And I just love reading other sewingblogs, the sewingcommunity is awesome!

Earlier I started knitting, I have made some patterns and there may be more in the future.

I’m a selfthaught crafter, I learned to knit, crochet and sew with help of inernet and books.

My blog is in English, because although I’m Dutch I learned all the crafty language in English, so generally I don’t even know the Dutch translation!

Eerste blog knitting Hil

Hallo iedereen,
vandaag start ik mijn eerste blog!
Ik ben Hilde, moeder van 3 kinderen, 2 om voor te zorgen, 1 voor altijd in mijn hart…
Breien is een grote hobby van me, en de kids hebben intussen genoeg spulletjes.
Sinds kort heb ik geen officiële betaalde baan meer, en kan me dus volop op het breiwerk storten!
Daarom leek het me een goed idee te gaan breien voor mensen die dat zelf niet kunnen.
Bij deze open ik dus mijn blog, zodat je mee kunt kijken wat ik allemaal fabriceer.
Zou je ook zo’n fijn paar slofjes, mutsje of iets anders handgebreid willen? Stuur dan een mail naar knittinghil@live.nl