Pleating 101

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. The primary topics covered are: - The 3 ways to fold fabric. - The 3 basic pleated panel shapes. - The 2 ways to create variety with pleated styles. After reading...

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How to Identify Different Pleating Styles

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...

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The Biggest Problem When Hemming Your Pleats

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:     Below is an example of a hem that has been stretched after hemming.  Since the fabric is...

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How to Make Pleated Ruffles

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.   In this post I will discuss the three basic elements of rectangular shaped ruffles: fullness, stiffness and hems. Fullness of the Pleating By fullness of the pleat I am referring to the amount of fabric that is used in one yard of pleated fabric....

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What Happens When You Combine Different Pleats

What Happens When You Combine Different Pleats

This post is a culmination of the basic pleating principles I covered in the last 3 blog posts. The importance of understanding this post is to help you identify the different types of pleating used by others and how they incorporate pleating into their designs.  In addition, if you are a fashion designer, it will help you communicate your ideas to pleating contractors such as ourselves. Now that you know the 3 basic components of pleating...

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One More Pleating Panel Shape

One More Pleating Panel Shape

There is one more panel shape you need to understand regarding the pleating of fabric. This shape is sort of an amalgamation between the square panel and the half circle panel I discussed in last week’s post.  It is a curved straight panel.  (See picture below.)       I know what you’re thinking…WHAT???? Allow me to explain. If you take a square or rectangular panel and fold it slightly deeper(or more) along...

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