For several years now, I have been studying the frilled, ruffled, pleated, and crimped veils of the 14th century. In the fall of 2009, I made my first attempt – a veil which I have loved and worn and worn. However, it was definitely a beginner’s attempt.
This time, I decided to have the ruffle surround the entire veil perimeter, which was 235cm. The next decision was about the style of the ruffle. For this project, I made the decision to use a cartridge pleating technique. As such, I experimented with 3 different pleating sizes: 0.5cm, 1.0cm, and 1.5cm. After trying all 3 sizes, it was easy to choose 1.0cm as the best size for both width and spacing.
The next problem was to figure out the best method to mark for the pleats. I decided to use pins instead of a modern marking pen as a possible method more authentic to the middle ages. With 1cm pleats, 1,200cm of veil tape was needed – with 1,200 marking pins.