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Topic: sexpot 40's housewife with a dash of twiggy ideas needed!  (Read 609 times)
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« on: December 09, 2006 02:23:00 PM »


Thats the website to my inspiration for my new years dress. im going for the kind of sexpot 40's housewife with a dash of twiggy thrown in. im going for the same look with the heavy polyester fabric and the bottons down the front. the change i want to make is that i make a very distinct high waistline and lots of heavy wide school esque pleats. im thinking a very full, short skirt with tulle underneathf ro the extra puff. any ideas? i need help with the pleats....ive never done them before and hd trouble finding a pattern for them at the fabric store....thanks guys!

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« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2006 05:31:31 AM »

pleats are easy to add to a pattern, if you already have a dress pattern that you want to work with.

just take your starting pattern and draw a couple of *straight* lines where you want the pleats to be (the lines need to be straight and follow the grain of the fabric, or the pleats won't hang properly):

cut your pattern along these lines, and spread the pieces out so the pattern piece is almost three times as wide as it was to start with (no wider than that, or the pleats will overlap each other and get all bunched up):

the blue dotted lines are where you will fold the fabric in the next step.

cut out your fabric, and pin it right sides together along the red dotted lines. loosely baste the fabric along the red dotted lines, all the way from the top to the bottom, then stitch with your machine along the red dotted lines, starting from the top, going down only about 3/4" (or longer if you prefer).

press the pleats flat, stay stitch across the top through all layers of material (this will make it much easier to sew on to the other pattern pieces). when you're done, remove the basting thread (the red dotted line) and voila! pleats!

one tip: pleats look best in a fabric that will hold a crease well, like wool.

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