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Pleating, the Art of...

Pleating is an art and there are three basic ways in which to pleat fabric: by hand, patterns or machine. These three separate forms of pleating can be combined to create different results and looks. 1. Hand Pleating. The art of hand pleating is whereby a piece of fabric is folded by hand, to create a pleat and then to repeat this method so as to create pleat by pleat, fold by fold. This is a very time consuming method of pleating although it is much easier with tartans and checks since the repeat of the design can be used as a guide when arranging the folds. This method of pleating is not very practical and we use it only...

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