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 remember the iconic scene where her dress is blown upwards by a passing train as she stands on a subway grate! That dress is […]
A question I am often asked is: “How many yards of fabric do I need to make a sunburst pleated circle skirt?” When I start to discuss the concept of panels, people are often unable to follow me. For a bias circle skirt, one panel is the equivalent of a half circle (see Figure 1). This is […]
If you prefer to read a hard copy instead of 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 for the basic types of pleats and how they combine to make more complex pleated styles.
When it comes to understanding the different types of pleats that are available, there is a lot of miscommunication. People often ask for the incorrect type of pleat or they ask “How much does it cost for a basic pleat?” From the standpoint of a pleater, that would be like someone walking into a supermarket and […]
For those of you who are going to hem your fabric before it gets pleated, this is a WARNING! Below is a problem we see time and time again, and it often ruins the fabric. The reason for this is the fact that after the fabric is hemmed, the length of one side has stretched and […]
This post is the culmination of the basic pleating principles I have covered in the last three 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 on fundamental pleating concepts. I would recommend reading The ABC’s of Pleating prior to reading this post. This one discusses the two basic panel shapes you need to understand if you are a designer or a pattern maker. By panel, I mean a distinct shape of fabric. For the […]
In this post I will 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.