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I got two rows of pleats and two rows of double ruffles onto the gown. I made the pleats and the ruffles were pre-purchased trim. Then I put satin bias tape over the join of the pleats/ruffles.

Progress photos:

making the pleats with Beth's antique pleater. I used 22 yards of 60" fabric. The pleats are 5" wide.





After I ironed the pleats into place, I removed them from the pleater, reset them into place, and used masking tape to hold them in place until I could baste them. Then I rolled up that section and did it again eleventy billion times.



Here are two rows of pleats



Then I sewed on two layers of double ruffles and covered the join with satin bias tape. They are made of pleated chiffon, and were very fiddly so I had to pin them about every inch and a half. Took forever, but I love it. Looks like the fashion plate!



Then I ripped off the overskirt because I realized that I have to fix it. The fashion plate has ruffles covering the whole thing, but I did side pleats that created drapes. I can't attach ruffles over draping and folds, so those have to come out. I also have to get a dart into the overskirt so it doesn't bunch up all weird, but lays nice and flat so I can get the trim on.
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