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    Master BHUZzer Jaseena's Avatar
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    Pleated chiffon skirt - need help please!

    Does anyone have experience sewing two pleated skirt panels together? Is there a trick to it to match up the pleats? I want to sew one side together and hem the other side separately to make a slit.

    So far I have pinned one side, not caring about the pleats. I started from the bottom hem and then then I got to the top, it seemed the two panels were uneven. I guess I don't really have to be too worried about the unevenness because I'm making an elastic waistband. The problem is that I can't wash this skirt to hang/stretch/hem or I fear the panels will be removed.

    Does anyone have any suggestions for me?


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    Re: Pleated chiffon skirt - need help please!

    Usually you pin down toward the hem, not up toward the waistband, but I'm assuming you are the poster whose "need help hemming a chiffon pleated skirt" thread I saved the link for and couldn't find again after Bhuz came back on line.

    How much longer is the one panel than the other? Depending on how much "junk in the trunk," the back panel is usually a small amount longer than the front to compensate for the extra surface area in the profile.

    Are these panels flat pleated like a kilt or accordion pleated like Isis wings? Either way, you want to try to match up where you're sewing so it looks like continuous pleating, and not a bare spot where the pleats stop for the seam.

    I think I would be tempted to leave them open on the sides--just make casings along the top and hang them on a waistband like curtains on a rod.. If you don't want to do a true panel skirt, you could hand baste parts of the seams together (e.g., a modest amount down the thighs so it looks like two slits instead of overexposed upper legs). Then again, I don't know what you're working with or hope to achieve with this skirt.


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    Re: Pleated chiffon skirt - need help please!

    Yes, I was the poster of that thread. Hopefully this one is less criptic. The fabric is pleated accordion style and this is the first time I have worked with chiffon. The edges are a little more frayed than I would have liked. I do not own a serger or a hemming foot so I am a little worried about the hemming part of this project. I would like to keep one side open and sew up the other so it is a circle skirt with a slit instead of a panel skirt. I would also like to know what my options are regarding the fraying edges - rather than trimming the edges and making a rolled hem. I'm trying to think outside the box but my brain doesn't want to go there just yet ;)


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    Re: Pleated chiffon skirt - need help please!

    Quote Originally Posted by jasani View Post
    Yes, I was the poster of that thread. Hopefully this one is less criptic.
    The problem wasn't that it was cryptic. I was going to think about the question before I responded and when I went back, the thread was gone.

    The fabric is pleated accordion style and this is the first time I have worked with chiffon. The edges are a little more frayed than I would have liked. I do not own a serger or a hemming foot so I am a little worried about the hemming part of this project.
    If you don't want to do a rolled or turned hem, then I'd suggest cheating. Run a short, narrow zigzag stitch at the edge and carefully trim the excess fabric. You want the stitches close enough together that they keep the ends from fraying, but not so tight that it's buttonhole-y and rigid. From a distance, this looks like a rolled hem, but you don't need special equipment to do it--just a machine that sews decently, a sharp scissors, and a steady hand. Might be worth it to buy a yard of junky chiffon just to experiment.

    I would like to keep one side open and sew up the other so it is a circle skirt with a slit instead of a panel skirt.
    In that case, I think you want to aim for having the seam hit at the inside point of one of the pleats. That will do the best job of camouflaging where the two pieces meet.


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    Re: Pleated chiffon skirt - need help please!

    I agree with Torbeau, try to put the seam in the "ditch" of the pleats, and practice on scrap chiffon first.

    Also, fray check or fabric glue might work BUT these can make fabrics really stiff, and could interfere with the pleat, so again test first on scraps.

    I have two pleated satin panels from two cheap ($10) evening dresses. I plan to sew them together to make a very full pleated circle skirt (no slits), but so far all I've done is remove the skirts from the tops.


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    Re: Pleated chiffon skirt - need help please!

    Thanks for the advice ladies. So far I have sewn one seam and it worked out great. I also hemmed the edges where the slit will be with no problem at all, but doing the waist band is proving other wise.

    The skirt panels were suppose to be 40" but they actually are 45". Now I need to make the waist band. I'm thinking the easiest way would make a 1/2" rolled casing, but as I was pining the fabric, the casing was twisting.
    ,m::

    Would it be easier/better to make a waist band and then sew it onto the skirt, folding the pleats in one direction?


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    Re: Pleated chiffon skirt - need help please!

    You might be able to minimize the twisting by basting the pleats together before turning them for a casing, but you will still have the bulk. (Admittedly, this may not be a serious problem with chiffon.) You could try making a separate waistband, but it sounds like you still have five extra inches per panel than you were expecting, which is almost a foot of slack to take up. Could you pleat the pleats--i.e., make two "extra" pleats over the front of the legs (one with the slit), or one big bundle in the back like a bustle to gather up some of the excess fabric?


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    Re: Pleated chiffon skirt - need help please!

    I am thinking I may have bit off more than I can chew for my first skirt project

    Shoot! My bf just quite his job today and said we are moving. I've been wanting to move back to our home state, but he got this job and I had it settled in my mind that it would be a long term job... how fast life changes, eh?

    So, any idea of HOW to STORE a pleated skirt without it getting all wrinkled up and loosing it's pleats? I'm thinking of tieing it up like Isis wings and curving it in a ball.


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    Re: Pleated chiffon skirt - need help please!

    Hang it on a skirt hanger in a wardrobe box, fold it parallel to the pleats and pack it by itself or on the top of a long, narrow box, or thread it into a long pipe or tube. As long as you don't fold it perpendicular to the pleats or store anything heavy on top of it, you should be fine.


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    Re: Pleated chiffon skirt - need help please!

    Ah, a tube... that's a great idea, thanks!


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