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Make a Pleated Skirt with Little Stitch Studio and Tom's Sons International Pleating

Sunburst Circle Skirt Course with Hilarie Dayton & George Kalajian

Join Hilarie Dayton of Little Stitch Studio and George Kalajian, the master pleater from Tom's Sons International Pleating, for an exclusive hands-on workshop. Create your very own custom sunburst pleated skirt, with expert guidance through every step of the process.


Session 1: Pleating and Design Fundamentals

Date: Sunday, January 14

Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Understand the art of pleating, discuss technical and design considerations, lay out and cut your fabric and pattern.

Interim: Pleating in NYC

Your cut skirts will be expertly pleated by George Kalajian and his team at Tom's Sons International Pleating in their New York City studio.

Session 2: Skirt Construction

Date: Sunday, February 4

Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Upon return of the pleated skirts, you will piece your skirt, insert a zipper, add a waistband, and finish with a narrow hem.

Intermediate to Advanced level class.  To take this class you must know how to use a sewing machine and ideally have completed a few projects.  If not, please take my beginner sewing class and zipper class to enroll.  

Use of studio sewing supplies and machine
Pleating and Shipping (shipping to and from pleater)


How to cut a circle skirt
How to prepare a skirt for pleating
How to install a slot zipper
How to design a skirt waistband
How to create a narrow hem on an accordion pleat

Skills expected: Intermediate sewing machine skills.

Materials provided: Pattern, Pleating (plus shipping back and forth), use of a sewing machine and studio equipment.

Supply list
A detailed supply list will be emailed to you upon registration.  You will need fabric, zipper, hook and eye and coordinating thread.

For inspiration for pleated skirts or to plan your next pleated garment, check out my Pleated Skirt, Pinterest Board

To learn more about George Kalajian and Tom's Sons International Pleating, see the links below.

Videos and Blog to learn more




*You are welcome to bring your own machine if you would like to become more familiar with it.

Minimum and max number of people for class: Min 3 / Max 6

There will be no refunds for no-shows or cancellations within 14 days of workshop. All refunds will incur a 5% cancellation fee


As a small business, we take our registration policies seriously. Please click through to our policies page where you can easily find our registration guidelines. By registering you are agreeing to our registration policies.




Skill Level: Intermediate
Skill Details: This is an intermediate to advanced level class. The skirt requires careful handling, slot zipper application, fitted waistband and narrow hem.
Materials Included: No
Requirements: This is an intermediate to advanced level class. Supply list will be sent once registration is confirmed. Supply overview: Fabric, zipper, hook and eye, coordinating thread.
Instructor: Hilarie Dayton
Instructor Bio: Hilarie Wakefield Dayton is the owner and lead instructor of Little Stitch Studio.
Cost includes 6-hours of class instruction time, custom pattern, skirt pleating and shipping

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Included Materials



This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.