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Creating ‘pleats’ with string & tube

carolinecymru | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Hi, I’ve been trying to find an article I’m sure I read in Threads about using a large diameter cardboard tube and a ball of string to establish pleats/tucks in fabric. I think that a jacket was shown with segments of this pleated fabric. I’ve tried searching the index under pleats and tucks, but nothing they turn up jogs the old brain cells. Any idea please?


  1. SewNancy | | #1

    I remember this article, but when I don't know. Did you try looking under Diane Ericson? It seems like something she might have written about.

  2. kiwianne | | #2

    Hi Caroline

    I think if you search under Shibori you may find what you are looking for.  There are some great books around on this if you don't come up with anything in Threads.

    I have done some of this when I have been dyeing silk and it's great fun because you can never predict how it will come out and I defy anyone one to get exactly the same pattern of pleats twice running.

    Regards, Kiwianne

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    CostumerVal | | #3

    Your article is in October/November 2001 A new way to pleat fabric, by Patricia Congleton.  I don't know the issue #.  I'm one of those evil people who rips the magazine apart at the spine and puts the articles in a sleeve and stashes them in a 3 ring binder.  Needless to say, I've got 5 large 3 ring binders, but I just look up a technique and every article written on it is there.  

    The jacket is gorgeous!  Out of print Vogue 2180.  Looks like a mid thigh, unlined, shoulder princess seam.  The pleats are pieced and inserted into the center section, bound, with a butted CF closure.  (bear claws and tube)

    1. carolinecymru | | #4

      Many thanks Val! That is issue 97 I think, and it doesn't occur in the online index when I looked under 'pleats'. In fact, even looking up the author's name gets the wrong issue! I definitely want to try this technique (along with blueprinting, sashiko, trying to copy the Fortuny technique, etc etc etc)
      Not enough time!!

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