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All About the Kenzie Skirt

Fabric resources, fitting details, and tutorials to help you build your skills.

Posted in: Patterns • July 31, 2019

Build Your Wardrobe with the Kenzie Skirt

A classic pleated skirt is a wardrobe staple. With simple construction, the Kenzie skirt will help you master the art of pleating.

Featuring knife pleats, a fitted waistband at the natural waist, and a hem that hits below the knee, Kenzie works best in medium-weight woven fabrics. You can keep it breezy for summer by choosing rayon, linen, or chambray, or get started on a fall layer with wool suiting or flannel.

Maya is wearing a size 2 Kenzie skirt, lengthened by 3”. Her measurements are 33”, 26”, 36 1/2” and she is 5’ 10”.

Tutorials to Build Your Skills

Don’t be intimidated by a little pleat or two. The knife pleats on the Kenzie skirt are easier to construct than you might think! And we have some help.

  • All About Pleats: In this video, Haley breaks down pleats into bite-sized chunks. She’ll explain all the different types of pleats and give you tips for sewing them.

  • Pattern Reimagined: Our patternmaker, Robin, shows you a clever pleat technique, using her handmade Zinnia skirt as an example.

Learn How to Customize the Kenzie Skirt

This month, we walk you through three pattern hacks for the Kenzie Skirt.

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Shop for Fabric

When picking a fabric for the Kenzie skirt, think about the weather. If it’s warm outside, choose something lightweight with a bit of body, like rayon challis or chambray. These fabrics will pleat nicely and have enough weight to keep the silhouette. Does this mean you can’t use something sheer for a ballet-style skirt? Of course not! Just take your time when sewing so your pleats sit straight.

If it’s cool outside, opt for fall favorites like wool suiting and flannel. There’s no reason why this skirt can’t be sewn year-round.

Love the samples in this month’s issue? Here is where we sourced the fabric.

Cupro Tencel and linen blend from Stonemountain and Daughter.

Get the Perfect Fit

Kenzie pattern details

Sizes 0 - 16

About the fit

The Kenzie skirt is fitted in the waist and loose-fitted in the hips.

Sizes 18 - 26

About the fit

The Kenzie skirt is fitted in the waist and loose-fitted in the hips.

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