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Your Letters, Advice and Questions - October 2009

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Your Letters, Advice and Questions - October 2009   Kendra mentioned the Perfect Pleater, and it was highlighted as a link, but it only took me back to YWU. I'd like more info on this item, as I am doing more pleating all the time. I'm not happy with my sewing machine pleater, so I'm doing mine by hand with different size pieces of plastic and folding the fabric over it.
Your Letters, Advice and Questions - October 2009   Here's the correct link to the Perfect Pleater: http://www.clotilde.com/detail.html?prod_id=1711  
Your Letters, Advice and Questions - October 2009   Regarding embroidered slippers I would like to draw attention to annalindqvist at Livejournal.

She's a shoemaker with an interest in historical shoes. She's made a pair of 18th century slippers and I know she's also working with Bjarne Drews to make a pair of embroidered 18th century shoes.
Pleating   For small pleats, the best device ever is the ruffler attechment for sewing machines.
pleats   You might also consider the Pretty Pleater for truly tiny pleats...perhaps tinier than you need. The hard rubber pleating boards come in three sizes, 1/16", 1/8", and 1/4". See http://danneruff.com/pleater.htm for details. The pleater appears to have been made for doll designers. I have not bought it but ran into it recently when searching online for a source for silk fringe.

As Kendra explained, a homemade pleater board will work and there are several photo tutorials out there for making them. A Google search for "pleater board" turned up several in the first page or two of results, including one on BurdaStyle.com, at http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/how-to-make-a-pleater-board.

Heather McNaughton at Truly Victorian pattern company has a video posted on box pleating, with a fork, right at the sewing machine. Posts on the Truly Victorian board and on Belle Alley report that different size forks can be used to make different sized pleats. I've done it and it works, with a little practice, although I've never finished the garment (it's in the UFO pile; sigh).

Good luck: your dress ought to be amazing when done!
Your Letters, Advice and Questions - October 2009   Kathryn Wolters teaches a class on making 18c Turkish Slipper at Costume College. I have not been able to take it so I can't vouch for the class, but you might contact her for an article. :-)  
Your Letters, Advice and Questions - October 2009   I have taken a few lessons on slipper making from Robert Land of Robert Land Reproduction Footwear. I had the use of his lasts and tools and expertise. Not sure how that would work on-line as students would have to feel confident in purchasing their last in the proper size and style and that is just for starters.

The most difficult thing for me has been finding time to perfect what he has taught me. I just don't have time with all the other costuming work I do. And of course, I am no longer satisfied with the simple slipper and now want to carve heels for a pair of 18c shoes. Maybe in my next lifetime!

Charlene Roberts
Your Letters, Advice and Questions - October 2009   Martha Pullen of Sew Beautiful magazine offers a pleater
machine. It is for making pleats for smocking but it might help in some of these situations.

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