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6/30/2005

BACHELOR PLEAT (TM)...Revisited

MORE ABOUT the BACHELOR PLEAT (TM)...

Recently I've had some additional questions about the shirt detail I call the "Bachelor Pleat".

"Is the name trademarked, or the actual pleat?"

...Just the name.

"Isn't this just an inverted box-pleat with an insert?"

...Well, not "just" a box pleat. What differentiates this pleat is how it is finessed. Please note the photograph below. The back of a Bachelor Pleat shirt is shown, along with a close-up of the area where the Back meets the Yoke (click on the photo to see detail, use "back button" to return).



First, note the pleat folds. Both the inner and outer folds are edge-stitched along their entire length before the pleat is stitched to the yoke. Now look closely at the area right where the pleat joins the yoke. See the slight overlap? It's very tiny, but one side of the pleat overlaps the other by a miniscule amount. Why? It helps the pleat lay smoothly when the shirt is worn, and strengthens the pleat where it meets the yoke.

"Why is it called a Bachelor Pleat?"

...I first introduced shirts with this pleat detail during the 1980's. One of my clients told me how convenient this design is for bachelors like himself, because he could just take the shirt out of the clothes-dryer and put it on....with no ironing! I've called this design detail The Bachelor Pleat (TM) ever since.






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4 Comments:

Blogger jan said...

hi pam
wow how different it looks,dont vist too often cos Im on dial up(cant cope with the sewzine forum either)
love everyting sooo clear
jane from sewzine

10:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is it called the Bachelor Pleat and the explanation sure makes sense to me. Love it. grm

10:34 AM  
Blogger Pamela Erny said...

Jane,

I am on dail-up too..and it can be so s-l-o-w! I am in a semi-rural area, and just 2 blocks away my neighbors can get DSL and Cable broadband. When I ask the telephone company when they will be updating *our* lines...they tell me, "we'll let you know". LOL, they have been saying that for 5 years now! LOL!

10:11 PM  
Anonymous Laurie Miller in Colorado said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this information. I've been trying to take my skills to a new level, and you're inspiring me to another level still. I'm sewing just for myself these days, but you never know!

4:17 PM  

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