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I am just wondering if anyone has any hints or tips on drafting a pleated skirt pattern.

I know it shouldn’t be that difficult – but trying to do the arithmatic is making my head hurt!

How do I calculate how many pleats I need and what width they need to be, so that the skirt ends up with the correct waist measurement?

(for example, if total waist circumference is 90cm, and the front & back skirt pieces are 115 cm wide each; and pleats are approx 2cm wide)


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    Feb 9, 2011, 05.55 AMby redscootergirl

    Ok – I’ve doen a bit more thinking and calcualting and paper folding and think I MAY have worked it out….

    Assuming 2 cm wide knife pleats* = 6 cm total fabric width per pleat once folded

    *knife pleats will be unpressed

    115cm skirt front width minus 3 cm seam allowance = 112cm

    112cm divided by 6 cm = 18.66

    Therefore – I could make 18 pleats and increase the seam allowance to end up with the correct waist measurement.

    Does this sound right? Is 18 pleats “too many”?

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