New tool: Tucks

Issue #339 new
Susan Spencer created an issue

Add a tool to create tucks along a line or curve between begin and end points. User will input number of tucks and depth of tucks. Number of tucks and Depth of tucks can be formulas.

Comments (9)

  1. Barbara Weberkind

    Please explain... tucks? Is this pleats? There are so many different ways of dealing with fullness, not just pleats. And there are diffferent kinds of pleats, like cartridge pleats, knife pleats, etc... I think you even need a 'gather' tool which draws a wavy line, user can specify the final length the width should be gathered to. Could these all be options of the tool?

  2. Susan Spencer reporter

    Hey Barbara we have a critical ASAP need for the slash and spread tool. What do you think about it?

  3. Susan Spencer reporter

    Tucks = Pleats But people generally use the word they like

    Tucks usually imply small width and long length, like on a tucked tuxedo shirt Pleats usually imply wide width and short length with an open end, like on a pleated skirt or pleated grosgrain ribbon.

    Tucks and Pleats are created with a formula which uses width and distribution across the distance between a begin and end point. They are usually identical and parallel, even if the tuck or pleat inserts at an angle.

    Most garment tucks and pleats are 90 degrees to their seam line, but they can be at any angle.

    Beyond this, the different kinds of pleats and tucks are determined at the sewing and ironing stage. Fold placement (width is centered equally around stitch line or else folded toward either side), fold visibility (width is inside or outside the garment), and sewing techniques (cartridge pleats especially as these are usually hand sewn) determine the type.

    Gathers are extra width between a begin and end point. There is no length or angle and no additional structure or sewing options. They use a different calculation and sewing treatment from tucks and pleats. The insertion of extra width is based on rotation around a center point using the slash-and-spread method instead of the parallel method used by tucks/pleats. Gathers will be a different tool.

  4. Barbara Weberkind

    Fold placement (width is centered equally around stitch line or else folded toward either side) etc... while of course, this is part of the sewing techniques, I'd put it into the pattern, because it is instructive and important for the future drape of the garment. Commercial patterns I know indicate pleats by using two short lines across the pattern piece edge that gets pleated, where the two lines are meant to meet in the finished garment, and an arrow indicates which line should be folded over to meet the other, or more exactly, to where each of the lines should be folded. That then defines the direction of the pleat. It does not define whether the width should lie inside or outside, that's usually described in the text, or would need a special kind of symbol.

    Correct me if your understanding is different, but mine is like this: A 'tuck' would be an embellishment technique a little pleat that is sewn along. Common in shirts of blouses next to the front opening. Not to worry about words and definitions, I just want to point out that there are very many different things that could be considered 'tucks' and that the tool then would have to cover.

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