Added May 19, 2013
London, United K...
First of all, you need to determine how much fabric you will need.
The width you want to end up with in the end is your reference. Say, you want to make a skirt and the skirt panels each need to be 35cm wide in the end. This is your reference.
For making box pleats you need three times as much fabric (plus seam allowance). So overall each skirt panel needs to be 105cm wide.
Now you need to determine the width of the single pleats.
Divide the width of your skirt panel by the number of pleats you want to have to get the width of your pleats. For instance, when you make the pleats 7cm wide, you can fit exactly 5 into each skirt panel.
Make a mark (with chalk or pins) every -in this case- 7cm.
Comment To Win
Share your top fabric care tips for a chance to be in the magazine, and to get the issue for free!
See one of the techniques you'll learn in November's Fabric Design course.
Fashion & Trends
Can't wait for the Hunger Games film? Sew up the perfect Katniss outfit!
Pattern of the Week
Sew yourself a bunch of different colored pullovers this season for a cozy and quick project!
Watch the video to find out more about our two excited and interactive courses
You must allow our "request for permission" request to login to Burdastyle with Facebook.