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How to Mark and Lay Pleats in your Fabric


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Video Duration: 9 minutes

You’ll love this video if:

  • You have a paper pattern with pleats and you want to mark and stitch them in accurately
  • You have difficulty reading a pattern’s markings and especially the directional arrows on pleats

You will Learn:

  • How to transfer pleats markings from your pattern to your fabric using e tracing wheel and scissor clip methodc
  • How to position the pleats and pin them in place on your fabric
  • How to secure pleats in place before garment construction


Pleats add often tricky to identify on your paper pattern, and those directional arrows can be confusing. In this video Meg will walk you through a pattern and show you how to mark pleats in your fabric using two different techniques. Then you’ll learn how to accurately determine how the pleats are to lay in your fabric piece and baste into place. Things like laying pleats and marking your fabric accurately differentiate a well made garment from a poorly made one. The garment making process really starts well before you sew anything!

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About the Expert:

Meg Healy began to sew at the age of 12, where she began experimenting with fabric and seams on her Brother little domestic sewing machine. Studying at both Fanshawe College and Parsons the New School for Design in NYC, Meg gained the technical skills in pattern making and advanced sewing that led to a number of awards for her design and construction skills. Before becoming the Online Editor of BurdaStyle.com Meg worked as a pattern making intern for Vera Wang. Meg also launched her own highly unique clothing line consisting of fashion-forward spandex leggings in 2010.