Pleats.. some people love them, some people hate them. If you fall into the second category, you've probably abandoned more than just a few items of pleated clothing to the back of your closet.
But is it really necessary? Is there a way to safely remove pleats without causing irreparable damage? Surprisingly, there is. Depending on the item in question, pleats can often be removed without any ill-effects.
Curious to learn more? Then you've come to the right place. Stay tuned as we guide you through how to safely and easily take pleats out of pants, skirts, dresses, and even jackets.
Maybe a kind relative has treated you to a nice skirt with some ugly pleats. Maybe you've been tempted by a thrift store skirt with a gorgeous pattern but some frumpy pleats at the front. Regardless of how you came by your pleated skirt, there's no need to give up on it.
Those ill-placed pleats needn't be permanent. Best of all, you don't have to be a skilled tailor to get rid of them. With a little knowledge, a pair of scissors, and about 30 minutes of your time, those pleats will be history before you know it.
Love the skirt but hate those pleats? Keep the one but not the other with this easy pleat-removal method.
The more heat and steam you can apply to the marks, the more easily they'll be removed. If the crease lines are still obvious after you've finished ironing, spray them with a mixture of 1 part white vinegar to 3 parts water. If the material is delicate, test the solution on a small, inconspicuous part first.
Life would be so much easier if every question came with a straight yes or no answer. Unfortunately, it doesn't always work that way. Can you remove pleats from pants? It depends...
While most pants can be easily altered to remove the pleats, you might come across a problem when you try. When a pleat is added to a pattern, extra fabric is added from the waist to the hem to accommodate the pleat.
Take the pleat out, and you're suddenly facing a lot of excess material. If you simply try to slide this excess fabric out of the side seams, you'll end up distorting the grainline.
Depending on the style of the pants, this might not matter at all. The pants will still be wearable and it would take an eagle eye to spot the distortion. But it's worth bearing in mind that the pair of pants you end up with might look and feel a little different from the pair you started out with.
If you're happy enough to take the chance, then you shouldn't have too many problems in removing the pleats. If the pleats are located at the front or side of the pants, rather than the reverse, so much the better. Pleats like this can make your pants look outdated and frumpy, but can be easily removed with a bit of know-how.
Are pleats making your pants look frumpy? Here's how to remove them.
If you've got a great pattern that's ruined by some pesky pleats, don't panic. Removing the pleats from a pants pattern is actually far less challenging than you might think.
Where the pleat folds, simply fold it toward you and make a dart measuring around 4" in length. If the pleat is wide, you might prefer to divide it into two darts. Make the dart that's farthest out around 0.5 inch shorter than the other. And that's it.
If just the idea of pleated pants is enough to make you nauseous, you're not alone. Pleated pants awaken images of the very worst of 80s and 90s fashion. If you were around to experience the style the first time around, it's very unlikely you want to revisit it all these years later.
Current fashions tend to favor flat -front cuts, and for most people, that's just fine.
But what about those people who still think that suit pants should have pleats? That a pair of pants without a pleat or two is just too casual for a formal event. Do they have a point? Maybe, but as with most things, it all comes down to personal taste.
For most of us, all those pleats are just a nuisance. Not only can pleats instantly date an outfit, but they can look downright unattractive. As pleats pull a load of excess fabric into the rise area of pants (the area just below the waist), they can end up leading to some very unflattering 'ballooning' in the groin area....a look that even the best of us would struggle to pull off.
There is, however, an alternative. That ballooning look is typically only found on outward facing pleats, a style favored by Italian designers circa 1988.
The British style of pleat is quite different. Rather than facing outwards, the British style of pleat faces inward. The result is a crisp look that remains flat and avoids the dreaded ballooning.
Of course, you could just avoid the problem altogether and stick to flat-fronted cuts, a style that, no matter what the naysayers say, is actually more than smart enough to pull off even the most formal look.
Is your gorgeous frock being ruined by some nasty pleats? Here's how to take them out.
The method for removing pleats from a jacket will often depend on the positioning of the pleats themselves. However, in most cases, the following method should work a treat.
Take care to avoid ripping the hem or seams. Once all the stitching has been removed, turn the jacket right- side out in preparation for the next step.
If there's still any trace of a pleat, use an iron to press it away. Use as much heat and steam as the fabric can take.
You've spent the past hour unpicking every last stitch from your pleats. And yet somehow, there they still are... or at least, there their lines still are.
Pleats like to leave a little something behind for us to remember them by. Which is very nice of them, but sometimes, we'd rather erase any memory of them altogether.
Fortunately, there's plenty of ways you can get rid of any lingering pleat marks. Here, we'll look at some of the ways you can remove pleat lines from pants, but they'll work equally well on other garments.
Wash the pants to remove the smell of the vinegar and allow them to dry. Iron again to remove any last traces of the pleat.
If you're holding onto a pair of pants or a dress from a time when pleats were all the rage, it's time to get with the program. Removing pleats can be challenging, but it's by no means impossible... especially when you use a tailor.
If the thought of trying to remove pleats yourself is too much to handle, then panic not. Just ask a tailor to remove them for you. Depending on the garment, it can either involve a minor alteration or major surgery.
Pants are typically the most bothersome, especially if the pleats are the front-facing kind. But if the tailor knows their stuff, it's more than possible. Expect to pay around $50 to $75 for a major pleat operation, and around $20 for operations of the less laborious kind.