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How to Embellish with Pleated Bands for Stunning Organic Detail

The pleat is the key

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This buttery stunner in rayon crepe is a study in the powerful effects of understated embellishment. Its nipped waist consists of two triangular side panels, which are graced with an arrangement of flowers. To achieve this floral effect, fabric bands were molded, pinched, and crimped into shape and placed atop vines of couched cording. The dress embraces the period in which it was created: 1940s wartime. It’s practical, a little austere, contains military-inspired details at the shoulders, but most of all, it is an elegantly designed gown. To see how to create this embellishment, read this article from Threads #160.Fabric Confection Dress

The embellishment on the gown shown on the back cover is so delicious it looks as if it were squeezed from a pastry tube. Creating these delectable shapes from fabric involves manipulating pleated bands and then stitching their edges into organic forms. The bands are on-grain, self-fabric strips that are…

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