Sometimes it's nice to write about a topic that pops up because it's so fascinating and off the usual list of things we cover. This post is one such post. It's about pleating. And even if this isn't an area you get involved in I think you'll find it really interesting.
I came across a #Facebook post recently that mentioned a company in the #UK that does pleating. So I had to check them out. Ciment #Pleating has been established since 1925 which makes them the oldest pleating firm in the UK. They have built up a reputation as the number 1 pleaters in the #country and regularly export to #Europe and the rest of the world. They supply pleating services for #fashiondesigners , #interiordesigners , home #dressmakers , #fashioncolleges , #filmcompanies , #advertising , #theatrical #costumiers , and #milliners .
WHY USE PLEATING
Designers use pleats in their designs for both practical reasons, for example, to provide freedom of movement to the wearer, as well as for purely stylistic reasons.
HOW PLEATING IS ACHIEVED
Pleating involves folding #fabric into different shapes creating differences in the volume and #texture of the fabric.
#Pleatingfabric involves having a mould made up of two pieces of card that are folded #identically so that they can fit together with an outer wrapper to protect the pattern during the heating process.
To #pleatfabric , it is #sandwiched between two pieces of card which are laid flat on a table. The lower card followed by the fabric and then the upper card on top to form the sandwich. These are then folded in to #shape and rolled up tight. An outer #wrapper is then used to protect the #parcel as it is then placed in a steam cabinet to heat the fabric and set it into the required shape.
After the pattern has cooled down sufficiently the fabric can be removed and it should now maintain the shape of the #pattern used to pleat it.