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Tania Sewalong // sewing the front and back pleats

How to sew the pleats on the Tania Culottes by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Who is ready to get going on their Tania culottes?! I’m going to get us started with the pleats. The pattern instructions have you do the pockets first and then the pleats, but I like to get the pleats out of the way in the beginning. Whichever order you’d like to do them is fine and doesn’t change anything about the construction!

Ok, let’s go!

How to sew the front and back pleats on the Tania Culottes by Megan Nielsen Patterns Let’s start with the front. On each of the front pieces, mark the stitch line indicated on the pattern, making a small circle/dot at the end. You can do this with tailors chalk, basting stitches, or pins.

How to sew the front and back pleats on the Tania Culottes by Megan Nielsen Patterns Place the two front pieces on top of each other, right sides together. Line up the crotch seam, and make sure those stitch line marks line up. Pin in place.

How to sew the front and back pleats on the Tania Culottes by Megan Nielsen Patterns First, stitch down the pleat line, attaching the two pieces together. Backstitch at the circle at the end. You may even want to add a bar tack at the end for added stability.

This is your center front.

How to sew the front and back pleats on the Tania Culottes by Megan Nielsen Patterns Now stitch together the crotch seam 5/8″ from the edge, and the finish the raw edge with your preferred method.

How to sew the front and back pleats on the Tania Culottes by Megan Nielsen Patterns Open up your new front piece with right side facing down, so the pleat flap is facing you in the center.

How to sew the front and back pleats on the Tania Culottes by Megan Nielsen Patterns How to sew the front and back pleats on the Tania Culottes by Megan Nielsen Patterns Form the pleat by opening it up and lining up the crotch seam with the center front stitch line. Make sure it’s lined up and even, and that the top edges are lined up as well. Press well.

How to sew the front and back pleats on the Tania Culottes by Megan Nielsen Patterns Staystitch in place 1/4″ from the edge.

How to sew the front and back pleats on the Tania Culottes by Megan Nielsen Patterns This is what it looks like from the front side now!

How to sew the front and back pleats on the Tania Culottes by Megan Nielsen Patterns Repeat everything exactly the same way for the back piece.

How to sew the front and back pleats on the Tania Culottes by Megan Nielsen Patterns

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Holly writes part time for the Megan Nielsen blog– sewing like crazy, creating tutorials and sewalongs. She has been sewing since she was a little girl, and has her degree in apparel design. Now she’s a stay at home mama, and spends all her free nap times at her sewing machine.

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