How to Sew Scallop Tucks
Added May 11, 2011
This technique will stiffen a fabric somewhat. The closer together you place the tucks, the stiffer the fabric will become. Tucks in stiffer fabrics should be wider and the verticals spaced further apart, to allow the scallops to lie flat. Drapier fabrics may have smaller tucks and shorter space between the vertical stitching.
The base fabric for this technique should be slightly drapier than the pattern calls for in most cases. Natural fibers and other fabrics that press well will allow the scallops to lie flatter. This technique is best created on yardage or out- lined yardage, as the size of the fabric will change drastically. Use solids or subtle patterns, as the scallops will get lost in an overly patterned fabric (see examples in photo).