Inverted Pleat Drapery - Sewing Assistance

clove3415January 22, 2013

I am taking on the project of sewing three sets of inverted pleated drapes that I need to stack back (open) well. I realize the majority of the inverted pleated drapes out there are intended to be stationary panels but as in the attached photograph, I figure there must be a way to keep the pleat out of the way on the back of the header so the drapes can open and close well.

Does anyone have any advice to share?

The return of my rod is 3.75", so I figure the size of my pleats should be smaller than 2 x 3.75" so that the pleats stay off the rods. I plan on using buckram at the header. After sewing my 4" (or 6") pleat, do I just leave the pleat alone in the back or should I tack it to one side? Most instructions online show to fold the back pleat towards the header and stitch in the ditch but is this what impedes the drape from stacking?

ANY advice is most welcome!

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I believe the pleats on the back are flattened out - an inverted box pleat, not pinch pleat. Check the following link:

Here is a link that might be useful: Inverted pleat drapery

    Bookmark   January 23, 2013 at 7:22AM
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what clt3 said.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2013 at 11:25AM
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