So, as I have two little girls in my 'family' and they are cousins, I thought I would make them a Mary De each. I have plenty of fabric in my stash and so went off and found two pieces which would make cute dresses. As the fabrics were good quality cottons, I tore the lengths I needed for the pleated fronts to get them on the straight grain. Then I threaded up my Read pleater with 10 needles and thread and began pleating.
|The problem fabric|
|Start of the re-pleating|
|The difference from the first pleating thread towards the end of the pleating.|
|Pleated following the pattern rather than the grainline|
|Now the pattern is straight and doesn't offend the eye!|