Add draping to a common pattern
Added Jul 2, 2010
Try Your design on a paper - model. You will see the finished shape and design and also, where changes have to be done.
While sewing Your skirt and the pleats You will now experience bias-draping, because of the angular pleating. The pleats move to weave-directions but not to Your designed style or they hang lose so that it seems Your work has been for nothing.
Carefully baste each pleat before You fix it or You can either topstitch to fix it. If Your fabric is light and has no stand I would recommend doing so. If it has some stand You can fix the pleats with edgestitching or some handbaste stitches over the whole length.
While ironing bias-drapings be careful not to tear the fabric because it will lose its form and all Your notches and lines won´t fit together anymore. Just move up and down the iron to press the pleats gracefully. Good luck!