Lisa B1 -we have three Lisa B’s so they’re numbered- mentions a new-to-me site that may interest you (HT), that belonging to International Pleating. Fully embracing today’s demands for connectivity and transparency, they also have a blog and a FaceBook page.
In business since the 1930′s, International Pleating provides contract pleating services delivered to your specifications. They offer two types of pleating, hand (pattern pleating) and mechanical. Machine pleating ranges from knife, box, distressed and Fortuny pleating. Hand pleating types are sunburst (accordion), large box pleats and herringbone. You can see samples of each type here.
Their blog offers useful advice on the nature of pleating possibilities -some styles can’t be pleated by machine or pattern and must be sewn to hold their shape (they don’t provide this service). The site also provides design ideas; combining striped goods cut in various shapes -say a half circle- renders some truly unique effects.
International Pleating also provides useful tools to plan your designs and patterns for pleating. This guide (pdf) explains how patterns must be cut according to various widths. Primarily intended for bias (full circle skirts) it will still be helpful to anyone who needs a greater understanding of the marking process while still in pre-production.
I suppose nothing more need be said, run along now and drool. I definitely plan to visit them on my next trip to New York. Enjoy!