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I use a similar method to the gingham but I use strips of Tru-Grid, instead, and cut and tear it away afterward.The outside of Ladiedragon's skirt (this was her first attempt at cartridge pleating.)*pic removed*The important inside of Ladiedragon's skirt.*pic removed*
Sorry for replying to an old post, but the link goes to my photobucket album so I think i am allowed Also ratehr than post a new thread it makes sense to follow on here.Spanish skirts have no fullness in the front, very little in the side and possibly some in the back. The extant spanish girl's skirt of 1600 is made of four gores with a tuck at the back (not at the front unlike the portraits) and has very little pleating.I finally found an image that shows the back of a Spanish gown, but is an imaginary painting of the Emperor and his family (including those passed over) it may not be perfect. It does however fit in with the shapes we see in other paintings and in alcega.Basically it shows pleats only at the very centre back, possibly a double reverse box pleat or two knife pleats. All the rest of the shaping is done by the cut of the gores, probably some easing around the rest of the waist as well but not enough to be called gathered. I have successfully tried this in a skirt I cut almost directly from Alcega and it works very well. I have recently cut a skirt with a slightly narrower waist which only just has enough room for that double box pleat and it works even better. When I get my fabric ironed I'll pin my skirt to my form again to illustrate this Let's see if I can find the painting....http://www.kalipedia.com/arte/tema/pintura.html?x=20070718klparthis_89.Kes&ap=3note how the pleats radiate from the centre back rather that evenly around the waist.
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