If you are a fan of old movies then I am sure you have seen the 1955 movie The Seven Year Itch, starring Marilyn Monroe. And I am also sure you will remember that iconic scene where her dress is blown upwards by a passing train as she stands on a subway grate. That dress […]
I am often asked: “How many yards of fabric do I need to make a sunburst pleated circle skirt?” When I start to discuss the concept of panels, I usually lose people. For a bias circle skirt, one panel is the equivalent of a half circle (see Figure 1). This is true of both pleated and non-pleated […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
This is the second post in a series of posts on fundamental pleating concepts. I would recommend reading The ABC’s of Pleating prior to this post. This post will discuss the two basic panel shapes you need to understand if you are a designer or a patternmaker. By panel, I mean a distinct shape of fabric. For […]
The purpose of this post is to break down and distill the components of pleating to its basic building blocks. First, I want to preface this post by explaining that when I say pleating I am referring to the “systematic folding” of fabric and not more organic methods like shibori or fabric crushing.