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  • Unusual pleats

    I have been given some curtains that were made in the USA to convert to roman blinds - the handmade pleats are an interesting variation on pinch pleats so I have taken some pictures. They look effective as the fabric is quite plain, the overall effect is fairly soft. (The curtains have been in storage so apologies for them not looking their best!)

    There is no buckram in the heading and the main pleat has been formed in reverse (i.e. folded back on itself) with small tucks made to either side and stitched in place. Spaces are 10cm and pleats are created from 15cm of fabric.

    [attachment=3:1gswnkrt]US pleat 1.jpg[/attachment:1gswnkrt]

    [attachment=2:1gswnkrt]US pleat 3.jpg[/attachment:1gswnkrt]

    [attachment=1:1gswnkrt]US pleat 4.jpg[/attachment:1gswnkrt]

    [attachment=0:1gswnkrt]US pleat 5.jpg[/attachment:1gswnkrt]
    Louise


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    Re: Unusual pleats

    I've never seen pleats like those before... is there anything inside to keep the small 'cartridge' part in shape or is it the fabric of the pleat that pads it out?

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      Re: Unusual pleats

      It is simply the fabric that adds body to the pleats. The top of the curtain is constructed with the fabric folded back over the top of the lining to the wrong side for the full depth of the pleat, and the raw edge has been overlocked to finish.
      Louise


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        Re: Unusual pleats

        Hi louise,
        its quite funny that you should show these pleats, I was in JL in Aberdeen on Sunday, in their new spring display they have some pleats that have been made like goblets but not finished top or bottom so a bit like a cartridge( or tube) but no stuffing! has any one else seen this?.... perhaps I havent lived!!!!
        Helen

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