How To Recognize A Poorly Pleated Skirt!

First off I want to point out this is NOT an example of our pleating service ūüôā A customer brought this skirt¬†because¬†it was a sample that was pleated overseas. ¬†Obviously we were shocked at the poor quality of the pleating. ¬†We were even more surprised that it was not so obvious to our client. ¬†So that inspired a topic to blog about. ¬†There will be many more posts regarding this¬†subject¬†I will blog about as I come across then in the future.

The biggest problem with the pleating of this skirt is the curling that occurs at the side seems.  If you look at each side you can see the pleats twisting towards the front.  The second issue is towards the waist band of the skirt.  The pleating is almost completely pulled open.  Not only is that aesthetically unattractive but it contributes to the curling of the pleating at the hem of the skirt.  Since this is a bias skirt much attention must be given to the grain-line of the fabric.  In addition the longer the skirt is, the more prominent the curling. Another aspect that effects the quality of pleating is the characteristics of fabric.  This skirt is chiffon which is the least forgiving type of fabric, especially if the chiffon is very elastic.  Fabrics that are rigid like taffetas are less likely to create that curling effect.

So, now that we have pointed out these defects, the next question is how did this skirt get to look so bad. ¬†First, it was cut incorrectly, second it was pleated incorrectly and third it was¬†stitched incorrectly. ¬†So how do you prevent this from happening. Well the short answer is, send us your fabric and we will pleat it correctly for you. ¬†We will tell you all of the considerations you will need to think about for your fabric in¬†reference¬†to the type of pleating you need. ¬†If that answer is not good enough for you then I have good news. ¬†In future posts I will address the proper cutting of pleated bais skirts and the proper stitching of pleating as well. ¬†As far as the proper pleating techniques…sorry, can’t give away the family secrets. ¬†I’m sure you understand ūüôā

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Below is another example of poor quality pleating. ¬†This pic was taken in a major name brand store. ¬†Notice how the pleats are curving around the hem…for such a short skirt to curve that much is bad. ¬†That is ¬†major off grain. ¬†Also notice right below the waistband…again the pleats are almost pulled open. ¬†Someone needs to find that pleater and kick him the b&tt.


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2 Responses to How To Recognize A Poorly Pleated Skirt!

  1. Bonnie Junker February 16, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

    Thank you for your wonderful posts. I have read several of them and they are so clear and useful. I have a question about the pleats being pulled open at the top. I want to make a full length sunburst accordian pleated skirt in chiffon that does not have any fullness from pleats at the waiste line. I thought I could let the pleats open up at the top but from your post I assumed this is detrimental to the pleats. Do you have any susggestions how I could attach the skirt without the fullness of the pleats? Thank you so much for your help.


  1. How to Pattern a Bias Skirt for Pleating - International Pleating | International Pleating - July 19, 2012

    […] Just in case you want to cut out the waist¬†measurement¬†as well make sure you add the notches at the waist line on the bias¬†grain. ¬† If you have ever worked with another pleater you might be asking yourself why do I need all these notches? ¬†I never needed them before. ¬†The answer is so we can¬†precisely¬†control the¬†grain¬†line while we pleat to give you a perfect product so you wont have any curling or nightmare seam line. ¬†Just check my other post for more info regarding poor quality pleating. […]

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