Pleated Gathers Neckline Bridesmaid Dresses

The pleated gathers bridesmaid dress is great wedding apparel that can add texture, function and style to your bridesmaid dress. The pleated gathers neckline is heavily used in garments because it adds lots of style choices.

The pleated gathers bridesmaid dress is very popular and in high demand as they are suited for many different themed wedding. Whether a bridesmaid prefers knife pleats, wide pleats or full pleats, there is always a pleat gathers dress that will look perfect for the bridesmaids individual fashion style. [Continue reading..]

Bridesmaid Dress Style 1261

Style 1261

Pleats are not limited to dress necklines alone as they can also be used in sleeves which can be draped from the shoulder and down the length of the arms in a style called the butterfly sleeve which is open on the side.

If layers are the preferred choice, a pleated gathers bridesmaid dress consisting of multiple layers that softly flows down from the hemline to the knee is a perfect choice for a casual wedding. Alternatively, a pleated gathers bridesmaid dress with multiple layers that goes past the knee to the floor is ideal for a formal event.

Meanwhile, there are wide pleats that are tucked into the waist that taper attractively to the bodice area, curving upward in a princess style to form and shape the bust line. Pleats can be designed to overlap one another, flow in the same direction or join in the center.  Furthermore, pleats can be used individually to create a neat wrap around the waist for a different and beautiful look.

What is Gathering and Pleating?

Gathering is a technique that is used to shorten the length of a fabric, where the longer piece attached to the shorter one. This is a common technique in clothing to create fullness such as when a skirt is attached to a bodice or a full sleeve to the armscye or cuff of a dress, blouse or shirt.

There are two types of gathering, pleating or plaiting and shirring or gauging. The shirring is a decorative type with the fabric gathered in several rows of stitching and attached to a lining or foundation to pin the gathers in place.

In pleating, the folds are typically larger, handmade and pinned in place instead of drawn up on threads. Small pleats resemble evenly spaced gathers. Traditionally, pleating is used to make skirts, but it has become a common style also for bodice and necklines.

There are different types of pleats. Accordion or knife pleats are created tightly to allow the garment to expand its shape when moving. This style of pleating is common in bodice and necklines as well as sleeves. Accordion pleating inspired the skirt dancing style of dancer Louie Fuller.

Box pleating is a form of back to back knife pleats that have a tendency to dart out from the waistline. Box pleats can create more fullness. Meanwhile, cartridge pleats gather the fabric without adding bulk to the seam. This pleating form was popular in both men’s and women’s garments during the 15th and 16th centuries.

Fluted pleats are very small and commonly used in trimmings while the fortuny are crisp pleats set in silk fabrics using a pleat setting process by designer Mariano Fortuny in the early 20th century. Plisse pleats are narrow and seen in smocks or linen chemises found in the 10th century Viking graves.

The kick pleats are short and placed from the bottom of the hem going upwards, usually at the back to allow the garment to drape down while allowing freedom of movement.

History of Pleated Gathers

Pleating’s have been used for centuries as evidenced by the evolution in their designs. From plisse type found in Viking graves as far back as 10 BC to Fortuny’s Delphos dress in 1920 to designer Stella McCartney’s directional use of stiffened micropleats in her collection, it is clear that pleating is part of a long tradition of this inspiring classic style.

The pleats collection of famous designer Issey Miyake used polyester as the fabric for his pleats because of the thermoplastic qualities of the material. The modern fabric texture and pleating styles are made in synthetics due to the thermoplastic quality which allows the garment to be molded by heat and pressure and retain its shape.

Pleated gathers were invented to give garments an elastic quality to allow them to cling to the curves of the body, eliminating the need for shaped panels or darting.

The popularity of pleating’s in bodice, necklines and skirts made pleated gathers bridesmaid dresses and wedding gowns high in demand. One final word of caution, remember to have pleated gathers dresses professionally dry cleaned so the pleats can be correctly reset and the garments maintain their shape.

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