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Custom Pleated Ring Bearer Pillow

Posted by on April 13, 2014 in Recent Blog Post, Samples | Comments Off

Custom Pleated Ring Bearer Pillow

For those of you that are planning to wear a pleated bridal dress why not carry through your idea with your ring bearers pillow and have that pleated as well. (more…)

Pleating 101

Posted by on February 24, 2014 in General News, Recent Blog Post, Technical Posts | 0 comments

Pleating 101

For those of you who don’t like to read online, we just compiled a PDF document so you can easily print it out and read it on the go!  The title is Pleating 101 and it lays the foundation of the basic types of pleats and how they combine to make more complex pleated styles. (more…)

How to Identify Different Pleating Styles

Posted by on February 2, 2014 in Recent Blog Post, Technical Posts | 0 comments

How to Identify Different Pleating Styles

There is a tremendous amount of miscommunication and a lack of understanding regarding the different types of pleats available.  People often name the wrong type of pleat they want or ask “How much does it cost for a basic pleat?” You must understand that as a pleater that would be like someone walking into a supermarket asking “How much does it cost for basic food?”  I’m sure you can imagine how that question could turn into a lengthy discussion :-) (more…)

The Biggest Problem When Hemming Your Pleats

Posted by on January 24, 2014 in Recent Blog Post, Technical Posts | 0 comments

The Biggest Problem When Hemming Your Pleats

This is a warning for those of you who are going to hem your fabric before it gets pleated.  Following is a problem we see time and time again and often either ruins the fabric.  The source of this issue is the fact that after the fabric is hemmed, the length of one side has stretched and is longer than the other side.  See the diagram below: (more…)

The Girl in The Green Scarf

Posted by on October 30, 2013 in Recent Blog Post, Samples | 0 comments

The Girl in The Green Scarf

Although we did not make the original pleated scarf from the movie, “Confessions of a Shopaholic,” we were able to successfully recreate one that looks just as good… if not better :-).  I didn’t actually know anything about the movie until a friend of mine mentioned it, asking if the scarf was ours. After watching the film, I told him that I could replicate the scarf, no problem – when I gave it to him, he became so elated. (more…)

Custom Pleated Bridal Veil

Posted by on October 23, 2013 in Recent Blog Post, Samples | 0 comments

Custom Pleated Bridal Veil

We now have a new style for brides-to-be.  A sunburst pleated veil that can be made out of tulle or net.  They can be made to any length, short or long, as in the pictures below.   You also have the option to order just the pleated fabric from us and send it to be made by your seamstress making your wedding dress.  The choice is yours.  Turn around time is usually a week to two weeks unless you need to design something custom.  Time frame for custom veils are on a case by case basis. (more…)

DIY Sunburst Pleated Skirt Pattern

Posted by on August 6, 2013 in DIY Projects, Recent Blog Post | 2 comments

DIY Sunburst Pleated Skirt Pattern

For those of you who always wanted to sew your own sunburst pleated circle skirt…Now is your chance!!! (more…)

Who the Heck is Tom?

Posted by on April 3, 2013 in Family History, Recent Blog Post | 8 comments

Who the Heck is Tom?

I am surprised I don’t get asked this question more often.  Come to think of it, nobody has ever asked me that. I know its a mouthful, hence the reason most people drop the “Tom’s Sons” part and simply call us “International Pleating.” This is the story of how I came up with the name “Tom’s Sons International Pleating” and the significance behind Tom and his sons. (more…)

How to Make Pleated Ruffles

Posted by on March 18, 2013 in Recent Blog Post, Samples, Technical Posts | 0 comments

How to Make Pleated Ruffles

There are many different types of pleated ruffles, and many ways to make them. Below you will find examples of three garments all pleated in the same style, yet with very different looks. (more…)

The Leon Decimal System

Posted by on March 1, 2013 in Ponderings, Recent Blog Post | 1 comment

The Leon Decimal System

I thought this title sounded a bit more interesting than “How to assign style numbers.” I’ve noticed over the past several years that designers are using the term “numbers” lightly when assigning style numbers to their samples. Instead of assigning a number like 7657743 to a red silk dress, they might name the dress “Scarlet” or something of the sort. To a certain extent this makes sense, as fashion industry is mostly driven by emotions. It would be better to call a product by a name that’s brand appropriate, rather than one that sounds like you are at an auto parts store.  However, in my experience this seemingly small point could be very costly in your overhead and operations. It’s something most small designers wouldn’t normally think about (I mean its just a style number right!).  Well, in this post I would like to discuss the pros and cons of both assigning a name to a garment and assigning an actual number (or alpha numerical code). (more…)