French Rose Pleated Tennis Skirt

French Rose Pleated Tennis Skirt

Combine athleisure and street style by sewing a preppy chic skirt for the start of summer. This tennis-style skirt pattern is great for pairing with any sleeve length and is made in a beautifully rich shade of French rose that brings spring florals to mind. Featuring a back zip and box pleats, this skirt sewing pattern hits at mid thigh, so it’s perfect for warmer weather. Make this stylish spring skirt in cotton twill or denim.

Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X

Finished Waist: 25 (27, 29, 32, 34, 38, 42, 46, 50)”

Finished High Hip: 34 (36, 38, 41, 43, 49, 53, 57, 61)”

Finished Length: 16 (16, 17, 17, 17, 17, 17, 18, 18)”

Designer Notes: Sizes XS – XL are on one set of pages, 2X – 5X on a different set of pages


  • 1 1/2 (1 1/2, 1 1/2, 1 1/2, 1 5/8, 1 5/8, 1 3/4 , 1 3/4, 1 3/4 ) yards 54” wide mid-weight cotton twill or denim
  • 9” zipper
  • 2 packages coordinating extra wide double fold bias tape
  • 1 set hook and eye
  • Coordinating sewing thread
  • PDF Pattern – This is located at the bottom of this page. Please see printing instructions below.


Note: To download this pattern, click on the pattern download button at the bottom of the page. We recommend opening your pattern download using Adobe Acrobat.

Cutting Instructions:

  • Skirt Front – cut one on fold
  • Skirt Back – cut 2
  • Front Facing – cut one on fold
  • Back Facing – cut 2

Transfer all markings.

Sewing Instructions:

  1. Fold each pleat along stitch lines with right sides together (RST), then sew each pleat on Front and Back from the top to the marked dot. Press the fabric into a box pleat with an equal amount folded to either side of the seam. Press all pleats all the way to the hem.
  2. Sew center back seam, leaving the top 9” basted for zipper placement. Press seam open. Install zipper.
  3. Sew Front to Back, matching side notches. Press side seams open.
  4. Sew Front Facing to Back Facing along side seams, matching notches, leaving the center back open. Press seams open.
  5. Topstitch seam binding over lower raw edge of assembled Skirt hem and assembled Facing.
  6. With right sides facing, sew Facing to Skirt hem, matching side seams.
  7. Turn Facing to wrong side of skirt. Press, turning under 1/2” seam allowance along back hem facing.
  8. Sew Front & Back Facing to Skirt waist, then under stitch the waist seam.
  9. Turn up hem 1 1/4” and topstitch into place.
  10. By hand, tack the back facing opening along the zipper, and add a hook and eye closure at the top of the zipper.

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