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deleting pleats from a pattern

kblossom | Posted in General Discussion on

Hello fellow sewers,

I am very new to sewing and was wondering if anyone knows how to delete pleats from a pattern?

I have quite a few pants patterns with front pleats / darts and my fiance does not like either. He prefers the flat front ( i purchased and cut the patterns before he noticed the pleats).

Can anyone help? I look forward to any and all responses. Thanks and Happy Sewing!!!!

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  1. Ralphetta | | #1

    deleting pleats from a pattern

    It depends on how "new" you are to sewing.  If you really haven't had much experience I think it would be better to put the pleated ones aside for now and go get a different pattern.  Once you have a better understanding of handling fabrics, etc., it will be a lot easier.  Depending on the pants pattern, removing pleats   can be a real pain in the neck.   Find  a pattern you like that won't involve such major changes; I think you'll be a lot happier.  Darts, however, are necessary.  Most flat front pants still have darts because you have to make the fabric conform to your body...which is not flat.

    1. kblossom | | #2

      deleting pleats from a pattern

      Thank you so much for the reply! I have sewn many garments (dresses, shirts, shirts, and pants), but I have not altered a pattern. I do understand that pleats are necessary. I have pleats on the back side of the pants. I am just interested in taking out front pleats.

      I want to try to take the pleats out of the pattern (vogue 1753). I do have a pattern without front pleats (burda 7918). Maybe I should alter that pattern to fit (it is cut one size to small). That maybe easier to do?!!!

      1. Ralphetta | | #3

        deleting pleats from a pattern

        I'm a little confused. It sounds as if you are using the terms darts and pleats  as the same thing.   They are not.  In order to get help with altering your pattern it's important that you understand the difference because you handle the 2 things in very different ways. If I've misunderstood, I apologize.   

        1. kblossom | | #4

          I apologize. Sorry for the confusion, I was not clear in my post. I know the difference between a pleat and a dart. But I was not aware that they are handled differently.

           

          I want to alter the pattern to delete the pleats.

          Thanks

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