I have one big issue with pleat instructions in sewing patterns. They instruct you to construct pleats from the right side of the fabric, but we usually mark crease lines on the wrong side of fabric.
That’s a recipe for inaccuracy.
But there is an alternative and I’m here to share it!
Mark crease lines in chalk on the wrong side of the fabric. Then thread trace the lines, ideally in a silk thread. (Silk thread is super slippery, which makes it much easier to remove the basting.)
Pleats are usually marked with a row of small dots that is brought together to meet a row of large dots. Replicate this distinction by using different coloured threads for each set of dots. Yellow thread for small dots; pink thread for large dots.
Flip your work over to the right side. See how easy it is to see the pleat lines? Now, you can press them into place from the right side, as instructed, and machine baste. You’ll have perfect pleats set in place for the rest of your project construction.
I promise this makes life easier!