On our mini vacation, I was able to read a lot of my new book, The Art of Manipulating Fabric by Colette Wolff. It is an incredible book with lots of detailed instructions on folding and shaping fabric. I will be trying out many of these, especially in a few weeks when I start a soft sculpture class. I thought I'd start out with creating knife pleats this time. I did a little scaled test piece with paper before starting on fabric.
You end up using A LOT of fabric to do this. I know I'll be doing this in linen eventually and linen can be a pain to work with compared to other fabrics. It is really hard to sacrifice any of my linen to make a scrap sample but I knew it will save me headaches in the long run. I started by creasing the reverse seam lines with an iron and sewed the seams to make a permanent crease.
Next, I pinned the front seams down. This is really hard to do with linen as it always wants to bend in the wrong places. My gridded cutting board was a lifesaver here.
Finally, I hold the folded seams in place by sewing down the edges. Once I figured out the measurements, it was actually pretty easy to do this. I already have in mind what I'm going to use this for and I can't wait to start. Until then, I'll just keep experimenting.