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pleat help

havequestion | Posted in General Discussion on

i am making a pleated skirt and i hate ironing. is there a way to make the original ironing permanent? i have heard something about spraying vinegar on the fabric befoe ironing, but need more specifics. thank you!


  1. ClaireDuffy | | #1

    There are a couple of options.

    You could buy pleated fabric and then you wouldn't need to do any ironing.


    you could take it to the dry cleaner when you need it ironed.

    The other thing to think about is that when you use an iron whilst making a garment it is not a chore because you're not endlessly ironing garment after garment.You are lovingly persuading the fabric to go where you want it to and to make it look the absolute very best that it can be!

  2. carolfresia | | #2

    I don't know what kind of fabric you're using, but some fiber types will not take a permanent pleat. I did want to say, though, that if you take the finished skirt to the dry cleaner for pressing, be sure to specify that the pleats be pressed as pleats. I sent a knife-pleated linen skirt off once and got it back with all the pleats pressed OUT of it--and getting them back in was an awful chore!


  3. rjf | | #3

    Some fabrics just can't take permanent pleating.  What I have resorted to, on occasion, is to topstitch the INSIDE edge of the pleat and that gives you something to line up before pressing.  If you do it after hemming, the pleats will stay in place all the way down.  I'm thinking of pleats stitched to the hip line but it seems to me it should work for pleats falling from the waist. It's worth the bother....there's nothing like a good pleated skirt.      rjf

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