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Topic: Convert a pleated skirt into a gathered skirt?  (Read 673 times)
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« on: June 23, 2013 04:30:54 PM »

I have a pleated skirt pattern. I want to make it gathered instead. Do I just simply gather the skirt instead of pleating it? Or are more complicated (or hopefully simple) alterations in store for me? Any tutorials or more information one can provide a seamstress in need? Thanks a lot
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« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2013 12:31:53 PM »

Nope it really should be that easy!  Make two wide lines of basting stitches about 1/4" apart from each other and gather away!
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« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2013 05:40:23 AM »

Yup all you need to do is gather.

I like the zig zag dental floss method of gathering. The floss slides smoothly under the stitches, making it super easy to adjust the gathers just right. Bobbin threads can break, floss won't.

You can use any kind of dental floss, even mint and cinnamon flavors will work in a pinch. Using a wide, long stitch, zig zag over the dental floss. Be careful to keep the floss in the center of the zig zags, don't get it caught in the stitches. Push and pull the fabric along the floss to get the look you want

On lightweight fabrics, you can sometimes get away with just one row of zig zag and floss. But for most fabrics, the gathers look better with two rows.
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