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« on: May 19, 2008 07:08:16 PM »

So i found a sweet skirt, but its pleated and its a slight A-Line...how?  Is it just my eyes that think its A-Line?

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« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2008 07:14:09 PM »

it looks a little as if the top part - what I want to call the yoke - is cut on an A-line, and then the pleated section falls straight from the hipline. But the cobweb bits on the side are sewn in to be on an A-line, and I imagine that the pleats at the side are pulled out and sewn to the cobweb panel, pulling the pleats apart a little into an A-line.


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« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2008 07:39:35 PM »

it looks a little as if the top part - what I want to call the yoke - is cut on an A-line, and then the pleated section falls straight from the hipline. But the cobweb bits on the side are sewn in to be on an A-line, and I imagine that the pleats at the side are pulled out and sewn to the cobweb panel, pulling the pleats apart a little into an A-line.


Maybe??


I was thinking that...it makes a good deal of sense.
i totally love your display name, by the way.  that was a nickname for a friend of ours for the longest time...
Thanks a TON for your help!  I'm making this out of the boyfriend's old tripp pants!  so it will be a recon!  Yay!
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« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2008 07:13:43 AM »

Nope. It's A-line and pleated. AKA a total p.i.t.a. to make without a good presssing machine handy.

pattern dated 1966
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« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2008 08:18:46 AM »

Could one cheat by doing it the way I mentioned? I know that most of the pleats won't lie completely flat if sewn to the cobweb side pieces, but they shouldn't be pulled awry too much, and that to my mind is better than having the skirt be a pain in the arse to make.
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« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2008 09:47:03 AM »

Or is it just maybe the way is hanging makes it look A-line?  You sound really sure Penlowe, but im just poking at possibillities.

Do you own that pattern or was it just a random pic?
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« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2008 12:10:05 PM »

I own the pattern, my mother was once that size.
The text on the back reads:
"Child's & girl's A-line set of skirts"

The trick to any kind of pleat is a presser, not an iron. You've seen them, they are rectangular & close like a clam, half a pair of mens pants fit in them. If you don't have a presser you can pin the fabric to the ironing board & steam a lot while pressing. (use glass headed pins to avoid melting plastic onto your clothes, iron & ironing board). Pleating requres far more time at the ironing board than at the sewing machine, that's part of why they are such a tedious thing to do.
They aren't so much hard as just very, very tedious. I'll gather yards of fabric for a skirt no sweat but pleats require full concentration because if you don't measure right on every single one it will show in the finished garment.

My pattern collection doesn't rival my fabric stash, yet.
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« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2008 06:41:48 AM »

Yeah, I made a denim pleated skirt...that was a pain.  No presser, though.  Just an ol' Black and Decker iron.

So since you have the pattern, I'll ask.  Is the A-Line formed in the fabric cutting, the pleating(like the pleats are  narrower at the top and wider at the bottom...which sounds like a bigger pain.), the sewing, or all of the above?

Thanks so much for all your help, you guys~!
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« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2008 06:46:02 AM »

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Is the A-Line formed in the fabric cutting, the pleating(like the pleats are  narrower at the top and wider at the bottom...which sounds like a bigger pain.), the sewing, or all of the above?
all of the above. the pattern pieces are very wide wedge shapes.
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« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2008 06:49:13 AM »

Wow.


I have a feeling this is gonna
A, suck
B, frustrate me
or
C, I'll cheat and do it the easy way.

My BF better like it....*grumble*
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