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How to Make Pleated Ruffles

There are many different types of pleated ruffles, and many ways to make them. Below you will find examples of three garments all pleated in the same style, yet with very different looks.   In this post I will discuss the three basic elements of rectangular shaped ruffles: fullness, stiffness and hems. Fullness of the Pleating […]  

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More on Cutting Chiffon Bias Circles

This post mainly applies to chiffon and satin charmeuse fabrics. These have more of a stretch on the bias whether pleated or not. Once in a while, you may find that you don’t have enough fabric to cut your skirt, especially if you are not using our Bias Circle Skirt Fabric Calculator! Or you might have some extra fabric laying around and you want to use it for a new sample. You lay it out on the cutting table only to discover you are just an inch or two short of your desired length. What can you do? Well, you have two options:

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Why Your Seams Don’t Seem Sew Good

This is part two of the anatomy lesson from the last post!   A classic mistake we see on a regular basis with pleated sunburst accordion skirts has to do with the side seams and the center back zipper. If you read my previous post titled Bias Skirts 101, you understand there are two ways to cut a full circle bias skirt. One way is to cut two half circles, one for the front and one for the back. Doing it this way would leave no margin for error since you can only put a zipper on the side seam and the grain lines will match up.

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