1930’s skirt pleats and details

Carol of “By Way of Thanks” has provided great scans of false pleats from her copy of “Weldon’s Encyclopaedia of Needlework Illustrated.” These photos and descriptions tie in with the skirt Norma is making as part of the 1930s Sew-along with Norma of SheSewsYouKnow.


1930's skirts

Frissell, Toni, photographer. [Five Women Holding Hands and Walking Together in a Row, Sky in Background]. [August, 1935] Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2013650613. (Accessed March 31, 2016.)

Here are a couple of scans of pleat treatments from the book Weldon’s Encyclopaedia of Needlework Illustrated. It’s undated but I think it might be from about 1935. The price was under $20 with shipping.  I found my copy at http://www.amazon.co.uk/.

The False Pleat looks very interesting. I will have to play around with the idea using paper. It looks like it could be similar to EmilyAnn’s Kickpleat shown in the last photo on her post at https://retroglam.wordpress.com/2014/08/04/secretary-blouse-and-sheath-skirt-skirt-toile-version-1/. In this case, “the Kickpleat runs the entire length of the skirt from waistline to hem”. I’m not sure how it would work out for a center front or side front walking ease pleat yet. In the drawing below a line of stitching holds the top of…

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