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Accordion Pleats

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  1. Narrow, evenly spaced vertical folds pressed (or heat-set) into fabric, forming alternating raised and recessed ridges. Pleat widths are usually widest at the bottom and gradually become narrow towards the top, creating a flared shape. The pleat shapes form a zig-zag pattern along the fabric edges when expanded. Also called sunburst pleats, or fan pleats.

Related Terms: accordion pleated skirt, box pleat, inverted pleat, kick pleat, knife pleat

References: Fairchild Dictionary of Fashion p.439,,

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