The pieces for a medium size Pleated Wristlet in a black and gold brocade fabric have been cut out for a few weeks now, but I wanted to quilt the lining with metallic gold thread, which was something I didn't have in my thread collection. I finally picked the thread up the other day, and now it is time to sew this wristlet.
This brocade is synthetic and can't be pressed, so I can't interface these pieces with anything fusible. This fabric also has an embossed texture and doesn't crease easily, making it mildly uncooperative during pleating. To make it easier I'm using a stainless steal ruler to help fold the fabric.
This method can be used for pleating difficult fabrics, or anytime you want really crisp folds. If your fabric can be pressed, a stainless steal ruler can be left in the folds and pressed right over. It will get hot, but won't melt. I love metal rulers!
Here are some photos to illustrate...
Line up ruler with one of the center pleat lines:
Fold the fabric over the ruler:
Reposition the ruler along the exterior fold line: