What is a pleated skirt?
A pleated skirt is any skirt with vertical pleats starting from the waistline or above or below the hip level. As the pleats differ in the way the folds are made, so do the skirts. There are many different types of pleated skirts.
Different types of pleated skirts
Box pleated skirt
A box pleat results in a raised band of fabric with folds on either side.
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Box pleat skirt with yoke
A wide yoke is given near the waist making it fitting there and then the pleats are added, usually at the hip level.
Knife pleated skirt
This is a very common pleated skirt. Knife pleats are arranged on a waistband. Depending on the tightness of the pleats you can get a good fullness with this type of pleated skirt.
Knife pleated skirt with yoke
Here the knife pleats are added under a yoke, avoiding the fullness near the waist.
Small knife pleated Mini skirt
This is a short skirt with very small knife pleats – Prepleated fabric may be used in these skirts.
In sports, a tennis skirt is a white, short, pleated skirt but in fashion, any color goes. A tennis skirt features inverted pleats which contain the fullness at the waist till the hips and then the fullness is released to give it a nice flare. It is currently very popular among young girls.
Full length pleated skirt
Pre-pleated Midi skirt
A skirt made of pre-pleated fabric.
Pleated hem skirt
This skirt will have pleated ruffles at the hem – this pleated portion serves more as a trim.