When I was a hotel seamstress, we called those (insert long stream of
profane language) "pinch pleats." You can do them with buckram tape and
a table edge. How wide is your window? That is the finished width.
Take however much fabric you want, then divide and conquer. Just mark
your window width on the table edge and tape the edges of the fabric to
the respective spots. For those not familiar with "divide and conquer":
first find the midpoint and gather your pleat. I used about 2" per
pinch, 6" for a standard full pleat. Remember to take the fabric up from
both sides of the point. Keep finding the mid points until the fabric is
flush to the table edge.
By-the-by, the buckram is sewn into that top edge to reinforce the
pleating before anything else is done.
Hope that makes sense. I really hate pinch pleats.
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