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How To/Techniques: Create pleats and ruffles

Yosana Leal

Insights Tutor

Interested in picking up some quick and easy sewing techniques?

 
Look no further than Yosana’s step-by-step guide for making ruffles and pleats.

Featured image credit: Student work, Insights Summer School, 2016.

 

Ruffles

 
Maybe it’s the Latino influence that’s making an impact across music and fashion, or our continued obsession with the ’80s and ’90s. Either way, this design detail is having a revival on the high street and beyond. Follow the video tutorial to get started with this technique.
 
Follow the video tutorial to get started with this technique. Yosana will show you how to pin, fold and stitch a basic ruffle.

 

Credit: Video, filmed by Yosana Leal.

 

Knife Pleats

 
Knife pleat skirts are mainstay of the high street at the moment. But pleats can do so much more. This one requires a little more attention, but once you’ve mastered it you can make use of the technique to inform or enhance your design ideas.
 

Credit: Video, filmed by Yosana Leal.

 

Looking for inspiration?

Take a look at Yosana’s for ideas on how you can apply ruffles and pleats to garments.

 
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