Box pleats are a very common form of gathering a skirt or a dress. Unlike regular pleats (which go either to the left or right) these are symmetrical on both sides. Actually one box pleat is a combination of two small pleats going in opposite directions. Today I'll show you a very easy way to sew clean box pleats. I have chosen this green fabric to illustrate because:
1. It has stripes of varying width so it will be easy to demonstrate how the pleating worked.
2. And much more important - This is such a cheerful color.
I'm also using a red thread to easily show my seams but please, please use a matching thread when sewing in real life. The seams are not supposed to show ;-)
1. Mark how wide you want the pleat to be.
6. On the right side sew a rectangle ( minus top edge) such that the first seam falls in the center of of the rectangle. Press.
And why did I suddenly need to share this tutorial with you....
Well I have it on good authority that you are going to see a tutorial very soon which is using them. Its always good to be prepared, isn't it?