Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Tuck or Pleat? Pleat or Tuck?

Is there a difference? I should probably know if I'm tackling this project. I cut out the pieces for the academic robe Sunday, and marked them last night. There are many, many tucks. And many many pleats. Someone should tell me now if there's a difference! I've got me 7 some odd yards of fabric to wade through!

10 comments:

abi's mom said...

hmmmm....good question. Probably an important one, too. Dictionary.com says you tuck in pleats, but I'm not sure that should be your definitive source. I thought pleats definately involved folding the fabric over itself. Aren't tucks what you take in to help contour a shirt to make it fit better?

Doesn't Patti know?

patti said...

tuck
A means of manipulating fullness in garments by folding the fabric and sewing a row of stitching parallel to the fold. Fullness is released at the end of the stitching. Tucks and pleats are similar, but tucks are smaller, often being only an inch or less in width. Often a number of tucks are made in the same area. Sometimes they are turned to the outside of a garment as ornamentation.

abi's mom said...

I knew she's save the day.

kdh said...

Yay mom! I will send an update tomorrow with the results of my tucking. And pleating.

abi's mom said...

Good luck with that.

kdh said...

ok good news people. the tucks were sewn down. The pleats were not. See what good things happen when you read the instructions?

Things are going ok. I sewed some major seams last night, and (as evidenced above) did some tucking and pleating.

The goal for today is to try to find 3 inch wide velvet ribbon to do the chevrons (thingies on the sleeves) so I don't have to try to figure out how to finish those edges.

I will tell you that in my search for that product online I found THIS helpful craft project I thought I'd share:

http://www.ehow.com/how_15057_create-sexy-leprechaun.html

abi's mom said...

Isn't a sexy leprachaun an oxymoron?

And really, do you need instructions for that?

abi's mom said...

wow! You read the instructions! I'll have to remember that for my own projects.

so if you sewed a bit, that means you cut, too. That would've been my big milestone, cutting into all that fabric.

patti said...

I know what I'm being for Halloween-or maybe sooner if Chuck gets lucky;)

patti said...

HALLEIUJAH!!! After all these years of not reading a pattern my nagging finally got to you.