Pleats are very easy to create. They are angular shapes made by folding. It is also known as a crease. There are 3 different types of pleats:
- knife pleat
- box pleat and
- kissing pleat
Measurements needed: band/waist, skirt length
- waist + 1.5" ( 1.5" for zip allowance)
- skirt length + 1.5" ( 1.5" sewing hem allowance)
To get the length of material needed to create the pleats required, you multiply the width of each pleat by the number of pleats desired.
- knife pleats : If I wanted a skirt with 24 pleats (like the one i was wearing in my first post; the green one) of width 2" , the length of material needed will be
2" * 24 * 3" (we multiply by 3" too because to create a knife pleat fold up , you fold over 3 times) as illustrated below. Do not forget to leave your zip allowance at both ends of the material.
Box/ kissing pleat: if i wanted a skirt with 5 box pleats of width 4", the length of material needed will be
4" * 5 * 6" ( 6" because to create one box pleat, you fold over 6 times)
Ensure to measure the length after folding. This is to check if it matches your waist measurement; if not, adjust folds slightly till they meet your requirements.
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