How to make latex pleats

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Latex pleats

Pleats are one of the most sweetest finishes for a latex garment and sometimes you just cant go without it. You can create a lot of different looks and styles with it and give your outfit that little extra finish what you might been missing. The possibilities where to use them is endless and totally up to our own imagination/creativity.

Latex box pleats 2

As good as it sounds, as simple it is! So I’m happy to introduce you to the two most common pleat techniques used for making latex clothing.

What you need:

  • One latex strip (at least three times the length of the seam you are going to trim)
  • Rubber cement
  • Cleaner and a piece of cloth
  • (Cling film)

Knife pleats

folding knife pleatsThe simple pleating is used for a lot of small things, e.g. the finish on my latex gauntlets or to gather latex to create a puff sleeve on a blouse, or where ever you would like to use them.

simple knife pleatsWhat you do is simply clean your latex strip, apply glue to the front and backside of the seam on your strip and allow the solvents in the glue to evaporate for a moment.

Then start folding the strip to one site. The width of the fold is completely up to you and depends on the look you want to create. The closer you fold the pleats the fuller they get. The folds on my gauntlets have a width of about 1cm, of course after they have been folded.

folding knife pleats 2Press everything good together, use your seam roller to apply pressure on it.

Remember that the ratio is 1:3, that means your strip should have three times the length of the seam you are planning to trim. If you are unsecured about the lenght of your strip, just add a little more so you wont run out.

For a closer look on how it is done check out the drawing or download the PDF of the drawing here.

Box pleats

folding box pleatsHere you prepare the strip just the same way like you did with the other one.

Box pleatsThe only difference here is how you fold it. It is not easy to explain in words, therefore I recommend you to have a look at the drawing or download the PDF of the drawing here.

Box pleating is used for a lot of things, trimming a skirt or sleeves, creating a school girl skirt for the next Cosplay event, giving some old style bloomers a great finish.

Tip: If you need to apply glue on both sides of one seam, then it would be an advantage to have some cling film around!

cling filmAfter you clean one side, applied glue to it and gave it a moment to settle, then put some cling film on it. That will protect the already prepared seam side from getting dirty and useless. It will also make it easier for you to handle a long latex strip, since you will be more free in your “movements”.



Tutorials and how to April 22nd 2010

15 Responses to “ How to make latex pleats ”

  1. Stays Says:

    Thank you so much for sharing these lessons with us, Kitty. I haven’t started my first piece yet, but the gauntlets made up my mind to give it a try. The quality of the writing and the photos (3xL?) help immensely to reduce the anxiety associated with trying something new like this. Thanks again!

    Warmest regards,


  2. marc & may Says:

    well i must say i am very impressed with your quality of workmanship i wish i had your talent and would make many many costumes for my wife and myself . unfortunately it is very hard finding a good quality website for reasonable pricing outfits.. if any suggestions please do so
    cheers and keep up the good work

    marc and may from phuket thailand,

  3. Johan Says:

    Just wondering when you will get around making a tutorial for mens underwear like you promised in the comments for the leggings?

    I am trying to figure out how to create a par of pants, and the crotch area is a bit of a mystery for me. :/

    Thanks for a great blog, I hope to see lots more tutorials!


  4. Lorna Says:

    Johan, I would suggest getting an old pair of underwear and cutting them apart to see how to make them.

    For a thong/briefs:
    Cut by the hips. You’ll be able to lie your underwear flat. Perhaps use them as a stencil for latex ones?

    As far as anything for a man goes, it’d be a little more complex.

    BTW, my suggestion above is only a suggestion, not an actual way to do it. I don’t see why it shouldn’t work, though.

  5. Andrew Says:


    Firstly, Thanks for a great website that I am sure will spread the love of latex.
    Secondly, I would like to ask if the section on Latex ruffles would be suitable for making a short maids skirt to be worn over a ruffled petticoat or is there another beter way of making a ruffled skirt. Thanks, and keep up the good work.

  6. Courtney Coombs Says:

    I’ve never used latex before, but recently I made a cape out of it. It’s not too bad but it keeps sticking together and it picks up any dust it comes in contact with.
    Is there anything I can do to prevent this?

  7. Ellendyl Says:

    @ Courtney Coombs:

    My recommendation to avoid that (and make latex even more pleasurable to wear) is to chlorinate it.

    Informations in english here:

    Small equivalent in french I shared via this blog:

    (in the french version, I recommend the use of bleach+vinegar mix, easier to buy, easier to handle, as good results)

    @ Latex Kitty:

    Curious too about making a pleated skirt, the kind of dancing skirt that stays nearly horizontal. Is that the same method?

  8. Courtney Coombs Says:

    Thank you, any chance I could read that page in English? I ran it through a translator and it doesn’t make much sense.

  9. Ellendyl Says:

    (the first link is in english and quite complete)

    But I can write a summary on the how to:
    (my english temrs could be wrong, because it’s not my first language)

    What you need
    – 3 buckets at least 12l of volume (one is preferred to be closed, but a plank on top is enough)
    – 2 measuring bowls going to 200ml
    – 2 big plastic spoons (the kind for kitchen is good)
    – lots of tap water
    – bleach water (typical standard un-flavoured un-perfumed one, non concentrated… the basic one)
    – vinegar (the white, basic, un-flavoured, un-perfumed, got the idea 😉 )
    – an aerated room (or better, an outside)

    What to do:

    – First, clean your garments to remove talc, polish, lube, other bodily fluids ;op
    – Fill two buckets full of tap water (the ones you will not close), they will serve at rinsing. The closable bucket will serve as reaction bucket.

    – fill the reaction bucket with around 7l of tap water.
    – measure 200ml of bleach water in the first bowl, pour it in the reaction bucket and mix water and bleach with the first spoon.
    – measure 200ml of vinegar in the second bowl, pour it in the reaction bucket and mix water with the second spoon.
    – the reaction is beginning, put the garment (or two small garments like skirt or top) in the reaction bucket, push them with the second spoon, once it seems well in the water, close the bucket.
    – we will let it around 15 minutes in it, afterwards there is nearly no more chlorine. In the meantime, I mix and check every 5 minutes, mainly to avoid latex sticking to itself, then impeding chlorine to touch its surface.
    – when the 15 minutes are ended, pull the garment out, put it in the first rinsing bucket, mix a bit.
    – then put it in the second rinsing bucket, reversing it inside out between them.

    You have to do this cycle at least 4 times (twice inside, twice outside the garment). But it depends on the latex, Libidex/Radical Rubber is needing at least 6 cycles.

    Then, let dry, you’ll quickly feel the difference!


    – Chlorine is a dangerous gas. But here it’s very small amount. Anyway, prefer to do it in a ventilated place.
    – Chlorine is heavier than air, so if latex is out of the water, it will still bath in the chlorine gas. Best to put as much as possible in the water, but don’t be afraid of out-of-water parts, they are treated as well. What you want to avoid is latex sticking to itself, so move it to have water in between
    – Bleach os not that harmful for skin, neither is vinegar. When they are reacting, the cancel each other, so don’t be afraid of putting your hands in this.
    – the result mix can be thrown away in the sink, it’s just some kind of salt, unharmful.
    – I’ve seen no influence on the elasticity of the latex (no reason to, it’s surface treatment, elasticity comes mainly from volume)
    – I’ve seen no influence on the glued part, it’s still strong. What is true is that treated latex will not be glued afterwards, since chlorine is taking the same place as the gluing molecules
    – I’ve seen no influence on colors, but I treated only black, red, metallic blue, metallic green, purple and pink. Maybe other colors could have reactions, I don’t know.
    – you may be wanting to keep some zones untreated, like the top inner part of legging or stockings, so that it’s still kept stuck to your skin there, just put some tape over that zone to avoid water and chlorine to reach it.

    Besides that, I don’t think I forgot something.
    The method is easy, cheap, quite quick, and really really worth it.
    That turns people from “yuk, latex, keep that away from me” to “hmm, latex, I can’t stop touching myself while wearing this” :op

  10. Courtney Coombs Says:

    Thank you, that makes much more sense.

  11. Bex Says:

    Wow. Just wow. I took a Latex Clothing class last night and your blog was raved about – I can see why! Thank you from the bottom of my shiny heart! <3

  12. Nici Says:

    This is fantastic. Thanks so much for taking the time to post these tutorials. I have some basic clothes making and sewing abilities and have wondered for some time as to whether I could start with making a basic latex skirt..and then perhaps items a bit more complex.

    Keep up the great work.

  13. Kayleigh Says:

    Hi hun, firstly, I must say that your site is fantastic!
    but will you be doing a tutorial on making latex stockings?


  14. Pandora Says:

    Does anyone knows where I could buy this lovely wavy latex trims?? Or would I have to make them myself with wavy blade??

  15. pauline Says:

    Finding these tips so helpful, cant wait to get started.
    Many thanks

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