Wednesday, August 8, 2012

How to Sew a Pleated Detail onto a Bodice.

As promised, I just finished up a tutorial on sewing the pleated bodice from my French Inspired Boat neck dress.   You can add this simple detail to any shirt or any bodice of a dress; just do so before you sew the neckline. 

Here's how you do it..

*Note, the finished width of the detail will be about 2 3/4 inches.  If you want it wider or narrower, it will take a bit of recalculating but it is very doable.*

1. Measure and cut out your fabric. Make your fabric as long as you need by 6 1/2 inches wide. 

2. Next, you will mark some guides on your fabric. Draw a line that is 1 1/4 inch away from both of the raw edges of your fabric (length wise).  Draw another line that is 1 inch away from the line you just marked. Do this for both the left and right sides. 

3. Pinch your fabric together so that the first two lines you drew line up.  Pin in place and sew down the line.  (I had extra lines drawn here. Just ignore them.)   Do this for both sides of your fabric. You should now have two pleats. Yeah! Iron so that the pleats fold towards the raw edge. (Clear as mud, right? Feel free to leave a commentwith any questions!) 

4. After you have sewed the first two pleats, fold the fabric in half length wise.

5. With the fabric still folded in half, sew 1/4 of an inch away from the last stitching line.  

6. Unfold your fabric. Flatten the top pleat down. Iron in place. 

7. Now you will clean up the raw edges.  Turn your fabric over to the wrong side. Along the length of your fabric, fold the raw edges down. Iron in place. 

8. Pin the fabric onto the bodice. 

9. Edge stitch along the edge of the fabric. 

10. For added durability, unfold the pleats and sew down them. The stitches will be hidden by the pleats. 

You're done! Finish your bodice as usual.


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