DIY Kick Pleat Filler

April 2, 2012 at 10:40 AM 21 comments

DIY Skirt Slit Filler

Modesty Matter’s DIY on how to fill in a skirt’s kick pleat (slit) that is just too revealing.

The problem:  TOO MUCH LEG!


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The Solution: A quick and easy kick pleat filler that you CAN sew in just a few minutes!

Things you’ll need:  Scissors and a piece of fabric for a “fill in” piece. Piece should be about 12” wide and long enough that you can shorten it 1″ for a hem and 1/2″ to overlap the beginning of slit opening.


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Create a rolled hem along the bottom of the “fill in” piece.


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Zigzag along the raw edges.


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Fold piece as shown, being sure to leave at least a 1/2″ edge along the sides to stitch to the skirt.


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Lay skirt inside out with slit edges together.


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Pin “fill in” piece in such a way that skirt slit lines up with the center of the “fill in” piece.

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Stitch “fill in” piece, using thread that closely matches the skirt, to skirt just inside the zigzag stitching of the “fill in”.


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Done! No more leg.  The “fill in” will hardly be noticed.


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However, it can open widely for sitting or long strides.

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21 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Connie Hobbs  |  April 2, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Jen, this is a great idea! Not that I wear skirts anymore, but for those that do it’s excellent!

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  • 3. Blessed Mama  |  April 3, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Love this!! As I was reading this, a thought popped in my head… (I’m not much of a seamstress, so it might not work…) What if I used hook & loop? I could make a couple of ‘fill ins’ and swap them out depending on the top I’m wearing… maybe?

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    • 4. modestmomma  |  April 3, 2012 at 2:36 PM

      Sure! Hook & loop could work. There is some soft, sew-in, 5/8″ wide hook & loop available pre-packaged. I would give that a try…just make sure that the skirt gets the soft loop part, and the insert gets the coarse hook part. Let me know how it works! =)

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  • 5. Nicole  |  April 3, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    This is a fantastic idea!

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  • 7. Amy @Making a Joyful Home  |  April 4, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    What a great idea! I’m not the most gifted seamstress, but this looks like something I could do, and I’ve definitely got a skirt or two that could use it. Some kick pleats are fine, but some are long enough that they make me a little uncomfortable.

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  • 8. Amy @Making a Joyful Home  |  April 4, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    What a great idea! I’m not the most gifted seamstress, but this looks like something I could do. Some kick pleats are fine, but there are a few that are long enough or high enough to make me uncomfortable.

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  • 9. Hannah Jean  |  April 4, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    This is a really smart idea!

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  • 11. Jessica  |  April 5, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    what a great idea!!! Thank you so much for sharing that. I really like the pleat in there.

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  • 12. Betsy @ AnnaNimmity.com  |  April 6, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Great idea – thanks for sharing!

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  • 13. Ashlyn @ Consider the Lilies  |  May 8, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Wonderful idea! I’m new to your blog(found you through Pinterest!) Would love for you to stop by sometime and join us on Fridays for our link ups! :)

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  • 14. Cyndel Jones  |  June 1, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    Here is my own DIY project! A wonderful nursing cover that doesn’t cover baby, which means no fighting to keep an older baby covered, and keeps you both cool in the summer while modestly covered!

    http://leasenchantedcloth.blogspot.com/2012/05/non-traditional-nursing-cover-tutorial.html

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  • 15. modest clothing  |  July 1, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    You can also sew it closed, although some skirts are to tight at the bottom to allow for that.

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  • 16. mandy  |  September 3, 2012 at 2:42 AM

    Thank you for the pictures! I am sewing work uniforms that needed a little more leg space but did not want to give up modesty.

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  • 17. Sonya  |  January 25, 2013 at 5:36 AM

    Thank you for the tutorial and coming up with this idea. I just completed my “filler” in a denim skirt. I haven’t even tried it on yet but I LOVE how I won’t have to be concerned with that immodest split. I’ve already planned to buy some nice dressy material to make a filler on a dress skirt I rarely wear. A wiggly baby in the lap constantly has me straightening that skirt!
    Found you on Pinterest. Pinned your tutorial. Now will leave comment on my pin regarding the results. :)

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    • 18. modestmomma  |  January 25, 2013 at 9:05 AM

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment! We are glad you like the tutorial.

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  • 19. Rebecca T.  |  April 19, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Just finished a fill-in on a denim skirt with your instructions. It was so simple! Thank you for the excellent tutorial.

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  • 20. ginny  |  November 23, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    I want to do this but i would like the measurements of the fold.

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  • 21. Dani  |  July 24, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Thanks so much! I searched google on a whim for a Quick solution to my skirt dilemma and Surprise! there are many tips for modifying clothing to make it modest. Can’t wait to check out more. Thanks!

    Reply

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