Working on my pleat methodologies and techniques

Working on my pleat methodologies and techniques

Sewing Method, Working on my pleat methods and techniques, for upcoming cargo/tactical shorts and shirt builds.

Don’t have a pleat board and don’t want to purchase on, won’t be using it too often, don’t do much pleat work.

So time to come up with practical methods and techniques to end up with consistent pleats.

Also will need this to work on both medium weight shirting and bottom weight fabric.

The best method I came decided that I will use, is to make strips of fabric, for this example were 1″ or 2.5cm wide, folded in half length wise, them sewn on to some stabilizes fabric.

For this pleat application mostly for shorts and pants will need the pleats to stay in place.  So the more traditional method, left me with pleats that opened up and deformed.  No make of mine is going to get a way with that, the fabric will bend to my will, and do I want.  hehe

 

This is what I came up with, I do strips of fabric and fold in half length wise and sew to stabilized fabric.
This is what I came up with, I do strips of fabric and fold in half length wise and sew to stabilized fabric.

Some upcoming projects is a pleated shirt and some pleating details to cargo/tactical pants/shorts.

 

Seen this on Pintrest, the link was dead, so no idea who made it or where to but it, fantastic color and superb pleat details. I plan to make something similar to it. Hope I can find some fabric that is similar in color and finish.
Seen this on Pinterest, the link was dead, so no idea who made it or where to but it, fantastic color and superb pleat details. I plan to make something similar to it. Hope I can find some fabric that is similar in color and finish.

 

Not my make a retails cargo short. I like the pleat details, and want to add them to an upcoming short/pant builds.
Not my make a retails cargo short. I like the pleat details, and want to add them to an upcoming short/pant builds.

 

Decided to do 2.5cm or 1" strips and fold them in half and sew them on a stabilized piece of fabric. This for me give the most consistent pleats, without a pleat board.
Decided to do 2.5cm or 1″ strips and fold them in half and sew them on a stabilized piece of fabric. This for me give the most consistent pleats, without a pleat board.

Then I marked on my stabilized fabric where I need to sew them to..  Have to do some planing on width of strips, and placement to get to correct overlap and layering I am looking for.

For the shirt build I am going to 1/4″ or 5mm reveal. and for the shorts/pants a 3/8″ or  8mm reveal.

 

Marked and sewed on the strips. Being very careful to be as precise as possible, with the repeating pleats any variation in reveal will be very noticeable.
Marked and sewed on the strips. Being very careful to be as precise as possible, with the repeating pleats any variation in reveal will be very noticeable.

 

With the sewn on strips, This method hold up well to flexing and moving with body and returning to original shape.
With the sewn on strips, This method holds up well to flexing and moving with the body and returning to original shape.
Add some trim to edges to get a look at hoe it would look as a detail to a garment.
Add some trim to edges to get a look at hoe it would look as a detail to a garment.

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