5 Pleat Shirt Template
If you like pleat front shirts, sometimes called tuxedo shirts, why spend money on a new pattern? You can now convert any existing shirt pattern into a pleat front pattern. Using the Diva 5-pleat template you can convert shirts that open in the front, as well as those that don’t, with any neckline. Just follow the red lines on the template for the type of shirt pattern you want to convert.
Pleat your shirt from the neck to the hem, or if you like, only sew the pleats part way down.
For partial pleats, sew the first pleat, the one closest to the center front, down about 14 inches. If you’re very tall, you might want to sew 16 inches or more. Don’t sew all the pleats to the same length or the shirt will have a very puffy look where the stitching stops. Instead, sew the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th pleat to 1/2 inch less than the one before it (example: 14, 13.5, 13, 12.5, 12). This will create a “v” shape at the bottom of the pleats and allow each one to hang nicely. This technique is best suited for lightweight fabrics.
step 1 - On transparent paper (gift wrap tissue works well) trace the neck edge of your existing pattern including the shoulder line. Be sure to mark the center front line and any pattern markings.
step 2 - Download and print as many Diva template copies as required for taping them together to match the length of your shirt pattern.
step 4 - Slice your pattern down the center line. Put the narrow strip aside for now.
At Fabric Shop
- shirt pattern
- tracing paper
- painters tape