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Pleating silk

Wallaby | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

Is it possible to permanently pleat silk, e.g. put sunray pleats in silk organza?

Or should I be happy with a synthetic substitute for silk in this instance?

I look forward to hearing your ideas and thankd in advance.


  1. Palady | | #1

    If you scorll this next URL, you'll get to a pictures of a silk pleating.  How useful to you is of course unknown, but it might give you ideas.



  2. International Pleating | | #2

    Pleating Silk

    Yes, it is possible to pleat silk.  Silk organza pleats better than chiffon and satin face organza trumps them both.  Anther silk fabric that pleats very well is metallic chiffons.  The metallic threads in the chiffon hold the pleats very well and they look beautiful.  Please let me know any other pleating questions you may have.  I've been pleating my whole life :-)

    1. Chewla | | #4

      Pleating: Help!

      I've been scouring the web for help with my pleating problem, and stumbled upon this thread.  Maybe one of you pleating wizards can help me...

      I'm having a dress made of silk satin, but was recently told that the pleats on the dress could not be made of the same material.  That was disappointing, but what's worse is that I saw a picture of the dress with the pleats made of another material and it doesn't look anything like what I wanted.  Part of the problem is that I don't even have the vocabulary to accurately describe these pleats, so I'm going to try to put a picture into this message.  The picture shows the kind of pleats that I want on the dress.  Anyone know how these are done?  They look so nice and structured and I don't know if it's because they're made of silk or for some other reason.

      Any thoughts are much appreciated!

      1. HelgaPataki | | #5

        various silk fabric textures

        some silk fabrics are spongier than others.  a shantung or dupioni can be pleated even with knife pleats.  something like a crepe is textural and might not pleat as well, or if you press the pleats it wil alter the texture of the fabric.

  3. HelgaPataki | | #3

    silk kilt

    I pleated silk.  I made a kilt out of dupioni about 10 years ago and its still good.  I made an extremely simple silk skirt by hemming a rectangle and folding down a casing for the elastic insertion and that was about 8 years ago and its still good.

  4. International Pleating | | #6

    Your pleating question

    That is called side pleat or knife pleat.  Looks like approx 3/8 of an inch and looks like is a polyester fabric from the sheen.  You can use silk as well...it will last a long time if it is pleated properly.  

    Hope that helps.

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