Pleats in a Figure of 8

Length = 0.95 meters

Width = 1.2 meters

Stretch = double the length

Possibilities: endless

So what do you do with a pleated fabric that is only 0.95m wide by 1.2 meters in length but stretches to double the length? That was the thought I had when I managed to lay my hands on this amazing piece of fabric.

I was at work the other day and had the chance to rummage through some fabrics that were going to be donated. I was like a kid in a sweet shop and although I was bedazzled by the range of fabrics, I was limited to what I could carry (by hand) back home. One of the fabrics available was this permanently pleated fabric. Issey Miyaki’s ‘Pleats Please’ comes to mind and I knew I had to have it.

I realised that this fabric was perfect for an experiment that I wanted to try; a pair of trousers that loops like a figure of ‘8’.


Instead of explaining what I mean, have a look at my sketch of the workings.

Makes sense?

Well, I had to test my theory out and guess what? It actually works. The result is a pair of trousers or would you call it a skirt?

Now, this is a weird pair of whatever you want to call it. It wears like a trousers but looks like a skirt. I decided to have it elasticated at the waist as it give the pleats more flexibility.

Just so you know, I made this trousers without a pattern. Having a restricted size and a fabric that changes due to the pleat, I felt that it was much easier to attack it directly. There was a lot of stitching and unpicking but guess what? It was worth it.

Here is the inside!

Initially, this was suppose to have a slit to form the ‘trousers’ leg we all know but as the pleat gave flexibility when I am moving, I decided to leave it to form the skirt shape!

So how does it look like when I move. Well, here’s me doing some ‘cool’ moves!

This has been such an exciting experiment. Often, we are spoiled by choices but when given a problem that restricts our options, amazing things can happen. Also, procrastination stunts progress. Like I tell most of my students, why spend an hour thinking about it when you would have done something by then.

So get off your phone and make!


About syvyaw

Eat, sleep and think Fashion.

One comment

  1. Very nice pattern and choice of fabric. Looks really nice.

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