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Unread 11-23-2012, 09:13 AM   #1
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Knife pleats

I'm trying to make a skirt like Vanellope's from Wreck-It Ralph but I may be in over my head.



I know they're knife pleats, my problem is when I iron them they do not look crisp at all. I thought about using interfacing but I'm not sure if that will help. I'm using a polyester knit, maybe I should try a different fabric?

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Unread 11-23-2012, 12:23 PM   #2
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Those look like accordion pleats, actually. What sort of a polyester knit is it? Twills, canvas, suiting fabrics, etc. are usually pretty good at holding a pleat.
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You could always try a little spray starch on them as you iron. When I want something to press really sharply, I use that or spray a little water on the fabric. It helps remove wrinkles as well as giving a crisper look.
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knits are inherently soft, they just aren't the right fabric for creating a crisp anything. That doesn't mean this isn't salvageable. You can stitch the outside and inside of each fold (yes, all the way top to bottom on every. single. one.) a scant 1/8 inch from the crease creating pin tucks, which will both stiffen the fabric and give you a crisper over-all appearance.
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Unread 11-23-2012, 06:47 PM   #5
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I have no idea what kinda of polyester it is to be honest, I'll probably just get new stuff lol
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