Wedding ensemble: pleating w/ the perfect pleater

I have made fabric pleater tools out of cardboard in the past but never 22″ wide and with a small return. I knew the total circumference I wanted at the hemline and a full return knife pleat was going to be too generous. Since these were to be fully pressed pleats I knew a tool was going to be invaluable. So I promptly started cutting up manila folders and doing the math. Until my roommate pointed out that Clotilde carried the “Perfect pleater”. It happened to be 22″ wide and was on sale for half price with a 3/8″ return. I was sold almost… Continue reading Wedding ensemble: pleating w/ the perfect pleater

Red Silk Wedding dress: pleating & details

Starting the draping:

After the lining was fully fitted the silk was draped and pleated into place. The mock-up of the clients corset was saved and used to give the mannikin the correct shaping under the bodice. The pleating is then set in place with a combination of machine and hand-stitching. A mock-up of the skirt was then made and pleated into place during a fitting until we found the exact fullness and combination of pleats that was pleasing.
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