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One More Panel Shape

The curved straight panel is the final shape you need to understand regarding the pleating of fabric. This shape is sort of an amalgamation between the square panel and the half circle panel I discussed in this post.   (See picture below.)       I can imagine what you must be thinking…WHAT is he talking about???? Let me explain. If you take a square or rectangular panel and fold it slightly deeper (or more) along one side of the panel, the opposite side will begin to curve up.     The curvature (C) of the pleated panel will increase the deeper the fold is on the top (A). As you look at this picture you might think, what’s the big...

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The ABC's of Pleating

In this post I will break down and distill the components of pleating to its basic building blocks.  First, I want to preface this post by explaining that when I say pleating, I am referring to the “systematic folding” of fabric and not more organic methods like shibori or fabric crushing. After speaking with several clients, I’ve realized that I need to undercut the topics in these blog posts even more (before I can get more technical).  I am still getting blank stares from people…I may be speaking but my communication is definitely not being received. Basically, there are three building blocks that make up the large majority of pleating styles you will encounter: accordion, box and side pleat.   Accordion Pleats: Accordion pleats are easy to spot since...

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