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How to Pattern a Bias Skirt for Pleating

This post is meant to be read as a followup to last week’s post titled Bias Skirts 101. Many of our clients ask us if the pleating be cheaper if they cut their own fabric.  Theoretically, yes it is cheaper but we usually find they cut the fabric incorrectly or crooked, which actually ends up taking us more time to pleat or compromise on quality…and we hate poor quality pleating.  So,  in this post I will show you how to make a quick pattern for a bias circle skirt so your pleats will be perfect. You will need the following: – A large table to draft a pattern and cut your fabric. (Minimum 30 x 60 in ) – A large sheet of paper,...

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Making the White Marilyn Monroe Subway Dress

If you are a fan of old movies, then I am sure you have seen the 1955 movie The Seven Year Itch, starring Marilyn Monroe. And I am also sure you remember the iconic scene where her dress is blown upwards by a passing train as she stands on a subway grate! That dress is one of the most memorable in film history. When I first got a call inquiring about pleating fabric to duplicate this very dress, I had no idea the dress was for a Snickers commercial to be played at Super Bowl 2016!     I asked the client how accurate she wanted the reproduction to be – since most people think the original dress was sunburst...

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DIY Sunburst Pleated Skirt Pattern

For those of you who always wanted to sew your own sunburst pleated circle skirt…now is your chance!!! We recently decided to offer a free downloadable pattern so that students and home sewers alike could cut their fabrics and send them to us to be professionally pleated. This is the same way we produce skirts for […]  

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