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« on: July 04, 2009 08:37:23 PM »

Hi, I'm making some drapes and I am in love with the look of inverted box pleats. Unfortunately I have no idea how to make them. Is there anyone who could tell me how or link me to a good tutorial? I would be so so so so thankful!

Here is an example: http://www.windowcloset.com/Inverted%20box%20pleat.jpg

Thanks so much in advance
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« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2009 01:22:32 AM »

 All you're doing is having the pleats go to the back of the drape. The work is the same, only inside out, and you keep from stitching your tacks thru to the front. This means the edges are done the regular way, only the pleats are reversed.  You should get a book on drapes, and follow the instructions. The headers on the picture you showed has a very deep pleat. Those lines are made by the first seam. the excess is then a series of small even tucks using up the rest of the fabric, bringing it to a tight bundle in the back. The pleated bundles are stitched together, thru the sides of each one. They just need to be tacked securely, and evenly. It's like the way an accordion folds. You need to have the top folded over and basted or pinned before you begin pleating. Do all the visible seams first, all the way across. Then go back and fold in all your pleats. Don't try to do it one at a time. Before you do any pleating, you have to measure and mark your main seams with straight, even lines. Mark stopping points. The ones in the picture looked like the lines were not exactly the same length. You can just use pencil. You have to divide up the amounts based on A)total amount of fabric width,B)desired width of sections,C)Factor in the edges, and D) desired finished size. Be patient working out the spacing before you mark or sew.I hope this gets you started. Take a yard of fabric, and experiment with folding it.  K

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« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2009 05:04:02 PM »


this is very similar to how i do it.  the only difference is once i gather the pleat, i use two pins parallel into the pleat creases to stabilize my pleats...one outside, one inside.  i sew between my stabilizing pins....

does that make sense?

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