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Create Dramatic Texture and Detail with Curved Tucks

Simple folded bias strips form a stunning and complex surface design that re-creates couture fluting.
This elegant vest illustrates three of the effects described. The basic technique creates the parallel tucks at the shoulders; the sculpted effect creates the curved tucks throughout the body; and the braided effect creates the overlapping design on the vests right side.
Simple folded bias strips form a stunning and complex surface design that re-creates couture fluting.

Simple folded bias strips form a stunning and complex surface design that re-creates couture fluting.

Photo: Sloan Howard

Kenneth D. King explains how to create stunning overlapping fabric tucks in this excerpt from "Curved Tucks" seen in Threads #166. This method for achieving the illusion of intricately sculpted tucks depends on one of the simplest elements in sewing: bias-cut fabric strips. This is an elegant detail for everyday garments as well as glamorous special occasion wear.

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