How to Iron a Pleated Skirt

Ironing a pleated skirt is not the same as ironing any other dress. Ironing is not the likable task of many people but it’s necessary. However, most people think ironing is easy but ironing pleated dresses and skirts is hard. Knowing the right technique to iron pleats helps to do it in less time and makes it easy.

A pleated skirt has many folds in a loop so it is difficult to iron. But the latest irons and cordless irons make it easier with their vast functionality and exceptional steam options.

Once you go through the whole guide to how to iron pleats you will be confident to give your pleated skirt, pants, and ruffled shirt a new look.

How to Iron a Pleates: Step-by-Step Guide

Things required:

  • Iron
  • Ironing Board (full-size ironing board makes it easy to iron full pleat down at a time)
  • Paper clip or Clothes pin.
  • Spray bottle (Spray starch)

 Guide to Iron Pleated Skirt:

Step 1:

Fill your iron with distilled water if you are using a steam iron, it’s better to use. Set the skirt on the narrow side of the ironing board. It’s easy to start, with a single layer of fabric. Pressing the way around the waistband makes it easy to set pleats in their place. Starts from the waistband and is set pleats at its place. 

iron pleated skirt from waistband side

Step 2:

Pin the pleats make it easy to do and doing three pleats at a time can be manageable and saves time. Only keep care while ironing where the pleats are pinned, as they leave marks on the skirt because of pressing.

setting of pleats of skirt
iron three pleats at a time

Step 3:

Set the steam iron setting according to the fabric type. As, if the skirt is made of synthetic material keep an extra press cloth over the skirt to avoid any effect on the cloth that is melting or scorching the fabric or design.

Step 4:

Spray the starch water or spray to create the crisp and stronghold of the pleats.

starch spray for ironing
best starch spray for ironing pleated skirt

Step 5:

Start to iron the pleat from the waistband side to the bottom. Repeat the process until the whole skirt or pants are pressed.

Tips and Maintenance of Pleated Dress

There are some important tips and techniques to maintain the pleats in a dress.

  • The pleated skirt is a beautiful piece to wear at a party or while going out with friends. But its maintenance is not as simple and easy as other garments. Its unique shape and style make you look more beautiful if it is ironed and kept properly as it’s shaped.
  • The choice of the fabric for the skirt should be right. Buy or make a skirt of the fabric that is wrinkle-resistant. As it requires less maintenance.
  • Iron the pleats carefully to maintain the shape as you iron following the direction of the original pleats. You can use starch spray also for long-term maintenance of the shape.
  • More importantly, hang your skirt on the clipped hanger at the waistband side in your closet to maintain the shape of the pleated skirt.
  • If your pleat dress gets spilled anything by mistake, take it to the dry cleaner. They cleaned and pressed back the skirt to its original shape.
  • some skirts should not be washed in a machine as they lose their shape and pleats so, keep care and read the tag before doing ironing and washing.

 Finally, we say don’t over-press the skirt as some materials get scorched because many layers are underneath. Furthermore, check the material of the skirts some skirts are made of fabric that doesn’t require ironing they are designed with permanent pleats.