Some people have difficulty folding skirts for a variety of reasons, which can be attributed to a variety of factors. Many people worry about the possibility of their skirts wrinkling, and others may not be certain how to fold their skirts correctly so they can use them at home or travel with them.
Following are steps I will guide you through to determine the best way to fold your skirt, depending on its length and fabric type.
How to Fold Skirts for Travel
When you travel with skirts, the most effective way to fold them is to use a ranger roll. You can use this fold to keep your clothes together tightly in the bag or suitcase, and you can use it to fold your skirts in such a way that you save more space, which is always good to know.
However, if you have formal skirts, skirts with extensive details, or skirts that crease up easily, you should skip the next fold because the fold will slightly crease your skirt.
During step three, you can fold the flares on both sides if you have a skirt that flares out as shown below.
- Make sure that the right side of your skirt is facing up when you lay it flat.
- You’ll need to flip your skirt inside out and pull down the waistline 4 inches (5-6 inches if it’s a long skirt).
- The skirt should be folded 1/3 of its total width in towards the middle from the left side
- To make sure the right fold completely overlaps the left fold, repeat the process.
- Make sure the flares at the end are folded in too if you don’t have an even rectangle skirt.
- Bring the skirt up to the top from the bottom.
- To secure the skirt, lift the skirt and flip the inside-out waist back over the roll you just created.
- You can adjust the skirt by sticking your thumbs inside the roll’s opening.
If you don’t practice it several times, you won’t be able to do it well the first time.
How to Fold Skirts Neatly
Folding your skirts file fold is the best way to do most of them. As part of the Konmari method, this style of folding was popularised.
In addition to creating a neat dresser drawer, folding your skirts this way allows them to be stacked vertically next to each other.
While the step-by-step illustrations are for a knee-length straight skirt, the technique works equally well for skirts with flares, such as tennis skirts. During steps 2 and 3, be sure to fold in the flares as well.
Fold the skirt in half from the top to the bottom first if you want to do this fold for a long skirt.
- Put the skirt flat on a flat surface with the front facing up.
- To fold the skirt in the middle, fold 1/3 of the total width towards the left.
- Overlap this fold completely with the previous one from the right side.
- Once you have folded 1/3 of the skirt down twice, you are ready to wear it.
- You may want to adjust the ends now if they do not line up evenly.
- With one fold facing upward, lift the skirt up and place it vertically.
- You can add support by stacking multiple skirts that have been file-folded.
How to Fold Skirts to Avoid Wrinkles
When folding skirts, the simple roll is the best method to avoid wrinkles. There will be a lot less creasing with this roll compared to the one I showed you above.
This fold works very well for dress wrinkles, those with lots of little details, and skirts made with linen, cotton, and wool.
- The backside of the skirt should be facing up when the skirt is laid out flat.
- The skirt can be folded in half from the side to the front.
- Gently roll the skirt from the waist down to the bottom.
- Make sure the skirt rests on the end of the roll to prevent it from unraveling.
Used Folding with Tissue Paper
When packing shirts and pants, tissue paper can be used to separate each item if you do not mind giving up some packing space. Due to the friction caused by the paper, adding the paper reduces wrinkles.
Used Dry Cleaner Bags
Using plastic prevents wrinkles from forming on your clothes by reducing friction.
If you are looking for a way to save money, consider using dry-cleaning bags as a trick. You should pack one outfit per bag, and then arrange those bags in your luggage in the order you wish.
Fodors road-tested this trick by Melissa Klarman, who has been using it for years. From her description, it appears that the clothes are delivered in perfect condition.
Some of the trickier items to pack are skirts and dresses with pleats. You can keep the look of a fully pleated skirt sharp by laying it flat or folding it in half lengthwise, between dry cleaner bags, toward the bottom of your bag.
Make sure the steamer head is carefully moved over the fabric as you hang the garment. Alternatively, you can hang the garment on a shower rod in a bathroom filled with steam if you don’t have a steamer.
Gored and godet skirts have extra flare and movement to them as well as extra flare. Godets are triangular shapes of fabric that are inserted into a panel of the skirt to form a triangular shape. There are panels on the skirt that have been cut with an extra flare that are called gores.
Even if you are packing a backpack, you can arrive at your destination with wrinkle-free clothing if you prepare properly before traveling.
When choosing clothes, choose wrinkle-resistant fabrics, especially for anything that might skirt wrinkle noticeably, such as a dress shirt. Keeping your clothes wrinkle-free can be achieved by rolling or bundling them. Be sure to hang up your clothes and, if possible, steam them upon arrival.