Pleated Garment Sew-Along
The Australian Sewing Guild has teamed with Specialty Pleaters to bring you another fantastic sew-along.
Pleated skirts are all the rage. They speak of simplicity, style and timeless elegance. Don't panic - you won't be doing your own pleating. That's where Specialty Pleaters comes in. The Sew-Along will run over several weeks because you will need to send your fabric off to be pleated. Don't rush through this project - take your time and enjoy the process.
Choose from two options
- Pleated Skirt - sunray pleats
No pattern required - pattern instructions will be provided
Experience - confident beginner
- Pleated Shirt - 'Fish scale' pleats
Any princess line blouse similar to Vogue 9029 (pictured below). Princess lines must come from shoulders.
Experience - ADVANCED ONLY. You must be able to confidently construct all elements of your chosen pattern. Only limited sewing instructions will be provided, focusing on how to work with pleated fabric and how to stabilise it.
Choose a medium-weight fabric with some 'body', minimal bias stretch and a high polyester content, preferably 100%. The advantage of polyester, or polyester blend fabrics (with at least 50% polyester) is that they tend to hold the pleats better, especially if they come into contact with water.
Pure natural fibres such as silk, cotton and linen are not recommended. Stretch woven (with elastane/lycra), knit and wollen fabrics are not suitable. Avoid fabrics with a crinkle or other texture.
Light-weight georgettes or chiffons should NOT be attempted for this sew-along.
How much fabric should you buy? Use our simple calculators to determine what you need. Be sure to read about fabric preparation. Next complete an order form and send to Specialty Pleaters in Melbourne. Simon will transform your fabric with gorgeous pleating and return it to you, ready to make your garment.
Choose a solid colour or a print. Either will look stunning.
Prices for Pleating
- Skirt - $132 ($55 per pleated panel + $22 return postage)
- Shirt - $242 ($220 for pleated panel + $22 return postage)
All instructions, including calculators and order forms, will be distributed via the closed Facebook Group Pleated Garment Sew-Along. You must be an ASG member to join this group. Click the button below, submit a request to join, provide your member number and wait for your request to be approved.