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Date: 5/15/12 10:28 AM

What is the best fabric to get nice pleats (and a good 'swish') on a skirt?

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Date: 5/15/12 11:18 AM

hey LDT - putting in my 5 cents worth

You need a medium weight fabric to hold the pleats and give the swish. I've tried this with heavy duck (good with pleats, NOT too much swish), lighter cotton, pleats look limp too quick.

A bottom weight (twill, poplin) is good hope this helps and more knowledgable folks chime in

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Date: 5/15/12 12:24 PM

A rayon blend gabardine works really well...I made a pleated slirt from some a few years ago. I'm thinking it was rayon/poly. Stay away from the all polyester gsb though...does pleat well at all.

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Date: 5/16/12 5:29 AM

Thanks for the replies. I have mainly cotton available so that's handy.

...and I have some fabric I'm not quite sure of because I forgot to write down its name. Hmmm...wonder if there's a 'mystery fabric' challenge contest? ;)

What' the thought on polyester haboutai silk?

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Date: 5/16/12 5:50 AM

Not sure what that fabric is, a blend? Polyester won't take a crease.

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Date: 5/16/12 6:01 AM

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Not sure what that fabric is, a blend? Polyester won't take a crease.

Ok thanks. Its something I bought thinking was silk but ended up being polyester.

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Date: 5/16/12 6:02 AM

Another question best kind of pleats for a good swish?

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Date: 5/16/12 6:55 AM

I think a lot will depend on the kind of skirt you're making. Longer and fuller will be swishier, but you can get plenty of swing from something that's knife-pleated all the way around (although it's probably not particularly on trend at the moment!).

Have you considered linen? This is probably not the sort of skirt you had in mind , but I get fabulous swish from my linen Renaissance dresses:

Box-pleated linen swish

Cartridge-pleated swish

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Date: 5/16/12 6:59 AM

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I think a lot will depend on the kind of skirt you're making. Longer and fuller will be swishier, but you can get plenty of swing from something that's knife-pleated all the way around (although it's probably not particularly on trend at the moment!).



Have you considered linen? This is probably not the sort of skirt you had in mind , but I get fabulous swish from my linen Renaissance dresses:



Box-pleated linen swish



Cartridge-pleated swish

I know recently they were saying pleats were 'in'.

I'm looking for a swish like the skirt on the dress elenor powell is wearing in this clip.
-- Edited on 5/16/12 7:06 AM --

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Date: 5/16/12 7:15 AM

What about a crepe with drape? I know, I know, it rhymes. I think you need some drape for swish, and about a2 inch pleat or more. Just my thoughts.

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