DIY Kick Pleat Filler

April 2, 2012 at 10:40 AM 28 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!

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.

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

Zigzag along the raw edges.

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

Lay skirt inside out with slit edges together.

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

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

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

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

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  • 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!

  • 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?

    • 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! =)

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

    This is a fantastic idea!

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

    This is a really smart idea!

  • 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.

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

    Great idea – thanks for sharing!

  • 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! 🙂

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 🙂

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

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

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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!

  • 22. Marianne  |  October 23, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Finally I found a tutorial on how to do this! My daughter, who just left on an LDS mission, has a couple of skirts that have too-high slits in back. She left them with me to fix and then sent to her. I wasn’t sure HOW to fix them so I called two seamstresses….both who told me they didn’t know how to fix them either! Enter “Google”…..and I have now found my answer. And better yet, it’s and easy fix! Thank you!!

  • 23. Sara Josleyn  |  October 24, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Thank you so much for this! I’m just learning to sew and recently found a great fitting skirt, but it has a slit in the front that goes all the way to my thigh :O Going to sew it down a little and then add a filler, thanks!

  • 24. Kathryn  |  October 29, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Reblogged this on Writer's Ramblings and commented:
    I found this great tutorial on adding a panel to a slitted denim skirt and used it for a skirt I’ve been wanting to alter. It works really well! The fabric isn’t really that visible (although I used matching denim for my skirt), it makes the skirt way more modest, and the panel doesn’t make the hem of the skirt hard to walk in. It took me about 8 minutes to cut out the fabric, pin, and sew it on.

  • 25. Pat  |  November 30, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    I am repurposing a dress. The slit is wayyyyyy up and several years ago (more than I want to admit) the slit was fine. At my age now, the slit is not great. Since my dress is stretch velvet, I was thinking of going with a black sheer or black satin panel. The edge of the slit has gorgeous buttons down the entire length of the slit. What do you think?

    • 26. modestmomma  |  November 30, 2014 at 8:42 PM

      OOOOO! Black satin would look so pretty with velvet. We would love to see the finished product! 🙂

      • 27. Pat  |  November 30, 2014 at 10:16 PM

        I will. And I thought the same black satin might make a good sleeve. Or is that overkill?

  • 28. modestmomma  |  December 1, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Give it a shot! If you don’t like it, you can always frog stitch it (use your seam ripper to remove it).


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