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Want to add decorative dimension to a garment or apron? Just pleat it! Box pleats add a beautiful shape to anything from skirts to curtains. This fabulous fold, used in our Pillow Party (IJ843) pattern, is oh-so-easy to make. Consider this your pleat cheat sheet. On the wrong side of your fabric, mark three points each 2 inches apart. Bring the two outermost points to the center point and pin in place. Press flat and stitch across all layers. For more dramatic pleats, measure your points farther apart. For an inverted box pleat, which adds a slimming front detail to our Mod Top Tunic (IJ867), mark and fold on the right side of your fabric instead. Looking for a little bit more drama, stitch a 1/8" seam down each pressed side of your pleat to give a stiffer look. This will hold the pleat even when the pressed fold falls away. Want a little vintage inspiration you can add to your personal how-to's? Download this great cheat sheet of vintage instructions to add pleats (or plaits as they spell it) of all kinds to your next project. Browse our clothing & home decor patterns to find your favorite pleated prize!

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Sandy on

I watched the video and am in live with the crowl neck top or dress. What a great Idea. I think it also would work with any body type which is nice.

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