How to hide a seam inside an inverted box pleat

How to hide a seam inside an inverted box pleat.
Wow, what a title. I’m sure quite a few of you probably have no idea what that means,
let alone why I would make a tutorial to explain it, but it’s a neat idea I promise!
You all remember the Coastal Bliss Dress I love so much right? 
Well, it just happens to have seven inverted box pleats around the skirt. (one at each princess seam, the center front, and the side seams) There’s no way I could possibly make the skirt from one continuous piece of fabric, so I had to find a way to hide the side seams that didn’t look too obvious and ruin the clean lines of the dress. After starting with the center front pleat and working my way out toward the side seams, this was my solution…
Pleat Tutorial: How to hide a seam inside an inverted box pleat.

Measuring a box pleat

Sewing Tutorial: How to hide a seam inside an inverted box pleat
pleat measurements
How to hide a seam inside an inverted box pleat.

How to fold a box pleat
Inverted box pleat sewing tutorial
Inverted box pleat tutorial
How to hide a seam inside an inverted box pleat.
How to hide a seam inside an inverted box pleat.

Now if you ever happen to be making a pleated project and run out of fabric or use a directional print,

you’ll be able to make it look like one continuous piece. (Cuz that’s a problem you face all the time right?!)


And if you’re reading this thinking “Wait what? I’ve never even made a pleat before! Let alone one on a seam!”

Don’t worry. As soon as Aurelia’s nautical collection is over, I’ve got a HUGE surprise for all my beginning sewers.

The kids aren’t the only ones going back to school this year!

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9 thoughts on “How to hide a seam inside an inverted box pleat

    1. Had to go double check that in my Brits to Yanks dictionary, but I definitely agree. Pleats and piping are my favorite sewing details!

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