Welcome to a special World Card Making Day Trend Watch post!
We are going to be looking at how pleats are a hot trend and how much fun, beauty and texture they can add to your projects.
You probably see pleats like these everyday...
or these. Elegant, simple but not terribly exciting or inspiring, yet. I am hoping that after you are done reading this post you will look at pleats with a whole new respect and find inspiration in some new places that you might not have looked at before.
Let's start with the pleats on this delicious pillow! I love how it looks like a flower, but the pleats add a little more edge to the texture.
I thought it would be fun to do a little education on the different types of pleats that you might see on a skirt. These are classic looks and were something I could likely have found in my grandmother's closet, not the type of inspiration we might be looking for in a "trend watch" post.
But how the pleats were used on this dress that I found at Nordstroms is hip, beautiful and classic all in one fantastic silhouette.
Along those same horizontally pleated lines is this adorable top that is from Nordstroms as well. So cute!!
And how do you accessorize using this fresh trend? How about this hot handbag that uses pleats to form the shape of a chevron? So cool!
Or this gorgeous handbag that puts pleats back to the vertical, great texture!
These shoes have a bit of the horizontal and down the front it is stitched to create that chevron look again...
Hmm, we might have a little sub trend going on in our trend!
And this headband with pleats also from Nordstroms is stunning. It is so simply put together, has the classic feel of pleats but the soft satin fabrication gives it a softness and ease that makes it appropriate for most any outfit. That makes it a WOW in my book!
I made a couple of projects that were inspired by this trend, first I used products that were "pre-pleated" for time saving convenience. The first is the Twill Ribbon pleats from the Pink Paislee "Queen Bee" collection. The pleated flower is from the Prima "Madrigal Blossom" set.
These are on the cover of a notebook that I made for my Copic coloring practice sheets.
For an easy to make pleat I used the Tim Holtz "Marketplace Tissue Tape". Just fold over a few times and then adhere to your project.
For this card I cut the strip in half when I was done folding it and had the top pleats going toward the left and the bottom pleats to the right. The paper is from the new "Hocus Pocus" collection from Pink Paislee and that cool trim is from Basic Grey's ribbon doilies in the "Basic Krafts" collection.
It has been fun looking at the hot trend of pleats, thanks for taking the journey with me, and I want to challenge you to find a way to play with pleats in one of your projects. Pleats are hip, modern and now you can start looking at curtains and lampshades with a whole new perspective ;o)
It's time to get your trend on - so put some pleats on your project :-D Pleat up some paper, ribbon, tissue tape or... simply get trendy.
Once you have completed this challenge be certain to post a comment, as well as link to your project, in our WCMD Challenge Blog Candy post! Please be certain to link directly to each project when uploading your link :-D
What is your current favorite trend? In the comments section below be certain to leave your answer to be entered in a random drawing for the delicious goodies shown.