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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…)

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Basic Panel Shapes For Pleating

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 […]

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The ABC’s of Pleating

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. (more…)

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