Different Styles of Pleats

Wish to add a romantic flair to your look? A lightweight pleated skirt, dress or blouse can instantly make your dream come true!

Delicate folds in fabric, pleats are used to give a feminine touch and volume to a garment. They come in different shapes to complement every body type.

Here are some styles of pleats that can be adapted to any sewing project:

Box Pleats feature two folds going in opposite directions to create a wide, flat area at the top. The pleats can either be single (like at the back of a skirt yoke) or multiple (like a school-girl uniform skirt). If your bust, waist and hips are about the same size, a box-pleated slim or loose skirt can visually elongate the lean silhouette.

Inverted Pleats are the exact opposite to box pleats. They feature two folds meeting together to create a box pleat on the inside. Inverted pleats come either single or multiple. They can visually flatter full hips and tights.

Accordion Pleats are narrow, evenly spaced parallel folds of fabric which resemble the accordion musical instrument. Accordion-pleated garments such as flowing midi skirts are super feminine, airy and playful. The long, vertical lines of the pleats can complement an hourglass figure.

Kick Pleats are short, and they are generally placed at the bottom of a narrow garment to allow for ease of movement. Kick pleats can come in either inverted- or box-styles.

Knife Pleats feature one or more folds that all sharply pressed to the same direction. Generally, each pleat is three layers of fabric thick. For those with wider hips, knife pleats work especially well as they highlight the curves without making them look bulky.

Godet Pleats feature triangular panels of fabric that are inserted into a seam. The hollow, tubular folds of fabric create a fluted effect and give the garment more swing.