I really love the size of your pleats. Could you let us know what the measurements were?
I actually don't really like the size of my pleats! I wanted to do box pleats but there isn't all that much material in a pillowcase!!
I don't really know how to explain this so I'll do a pic instead:
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I keep reading on the board that to make the pleats stick around it helps to sew down the sides of them. Does that mean to sew a little ways down the tops of each edge? Trapping the pleats even more? It seems to me as if that might look funny. Does anyone understand what that means? Maybe she could do it to this skirt.
I think that sewing vertically down the pleats is only for when there isn't a horizontal waistband like what I've got. It acts to make the pleats lie flat along your tummy, and would look weird if I did it on my skirt (trust me, I tried it
kool skirt. how did u do the waistband thingy?
Theres a tutorial around here somewhere that tells you how to do it, but basically you work out how tall you want it to be (say, starting at your waist and going down to your hips), then measure your waist and hips, and draw a pattern like a trapezoid (??). Well, like this:
/______\ and cut one for the front and two halves for the back (if you want a back zip), and the same for the lining (if you want lining). Sew the 3 pieces together at the side seams, (do the same for the lining). Put the waistband right sides together with the lining, sew along the top, flip the right way out. Then put the whole waistband right sides together with the pleated material, and sew along the bottom of the waistband (top of the pleats). Hope that makes sense!! If not, have a look and see if there's a tutorial somewhere.
And thanks for all the nice comments everyone!