Ma Mian Qun Making - How to Calculate the Width of Pleats

This article is a supplemental part of Hanfu Making(2) - Aoqun Cutting & Sewing Patterns.

Together with a series of pictures on making a Ma Mian Qun (马面裙, horse face skirt), it will analyze the structure of Ma Mian Qun and mainly explain how to calculate the pleat width of a Ma Mian Qun. All dimensions are in centimeters (cm).

Ma Mian Qun Making - How to Calculate the Width of Pleats

"The data in this article does not take into account the seam allowance, you need to leave 1cm+ space in the seam allowance when you are actually making the dress."

 

1. About fabric

prepare 6 identical pieces of fabric with a width of 60cm and a length that combines your actual needs.

Ma Mian Qun Making - How to Calculate the Width of Pleats

Sew 3 pieces together into one piece of fabric with a width of 180cm.

Ma Mian Qun Making - How to Calculate the Width of Pleats

Since the most fabric used for making Hanfu is about 150cm wide. So it needs to be pieced together to achieve a longer width.

Please note the distinction between the horizontal and vertical directions of the fabric. You can choose a fabric with a nice print for your skirt and it is easier to confirm if it is in the right direction.

 

2. Structure of the Ma Mian Qun

Ma Mian (马面, skirt door, ①): Each Ma Mian Qun has four skirt doors. When put on, two skirt doors can be seen in the front and back. When laid flat, three skirt doors can be seen.

Ma Mian Qun Making - How to Calculate the Width of Pleats

①=skirt door, ②=pleats

Ma Mian Qun Making - How to Calculate the Width of Pleats

Zhe (褶, pleats, ②): The skirt door is connected to the skirt door by pleats.

For the skirt part of the Ma Mian Qun, two identical skirt pieces need to be made separately and then spliced together. Each piece has 2 skirt doors (Ma Mian) + pleats (Zhe) sections. When piecing together, overlap two of the Ma Mian and sew them together at the skirt head section.

Ma Mian Qun Making - How to Calculate the Width of Pleats

Ma Mian Qun Making - How to Calculate the Width of Pleats

 

3. Data needed to make a Ma Mian Qun

  1. Waist circumference: obtained by measurement, it can usually be added 3-5cm to the original data.
  2. Width of the skirt door: usually 20-24cm, depending on personal preference.
  3. The number of pleats: depends on personal preference. Currently, the Ma Mian Qun sold by Hanfu merchants, with most 4.5m/6m skirt hem, which means more pleats.
  4. Width of each pleat (both sides/single side): needs to be determined by a simple calculation.

In this article, a set of numbers will be assumed to simulate the calculation process to fit the quoted picture.

  • Waist circumference: 66cm.
  • Width of the skirt door: 27cm.
  • The number of pleats: 4 pairs / 8 pleats (each piece).

 

4. How to calculate the width of the pleats

Based on the three known data: the width of the pleats part can be calculated as follows.

Width of the pleats part (2 piece) = 66cm-27cm-27cm = 12cm

Width of the pleats part (each piece) = 12cm/2 = 6cm

Ma Mian Qun Making - How to Calculate the Width of Pleats

Total width of a single skirt piece = 27+6+27 = 60cm

Ma Mian Qun Making - How to Calculate the Width of Pleats

Total width of two skirt piece = the width of skirt = 27+6+27+6+27 = 93cm

Ma Mian Qun Making - How to Calculate the Width of Pleats

 

5. How to hide the pleats

The prepared fabric is 180cm wide, the fabric needs to be "hidden" by pleating.

The width of the fabric to be pleated = 180cm-27cm-27cm = 126cm

Ma Mian Qun Making - How to Calculate the Width of Pleats

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Ma Mian Qun Making - How to Calculate the Width of Pleats

Detail of pleats (②)

Among these 126 cm, only 6 cm will be shown in the skirt, the rest 120 cm will be "hidden" in the pleats.

Ma Mian Qun Making - How to Calculate the Width of Pleats

Red is the hidden part, Green is the shown part

We have assumed that the number of one side pleats is 4 pairs / 8 pleats, so we can calculate (one side):

  • The total width of the hidden part of the pleats = 126-6=120cm
  • The width of hidden part of a single pleat = 120/8 = 15cm
  • The width of show part of a single pleat = 6/8 = 0.75cm
  • The width of each pleat is = 15+0.75 = 15.75cm

Ma Mian Qun Making - How to Calculate the Width of Pleats

Of course, do not forget that this is only one side, the other side of the skirt is also the same data. The position of the pleats can be recorded with chalk first to facilitate the subsequent ironing process.

Ma Mian Qun Making - How to Calculate the Width of Pleats

Once the pleats are formed, the next step is the sewing of the skirt to the skirt head and tie.

Ma Mian Qun Making - How to Calculate the Width of Pleats

The data mentioned in this article can only be used as a reference, please adjust it according to your actual needs during the making.

Ma Mian Qun Making - How to Calculate the Width of Pleats

Ma Mian Qun Making - How to Calculate the Width of Pleats

We hope this article has helped in your Ma Mian Qun making. Feel free to discuss with us in the comment section.

Ma Mian Qun Making - How to Calculate the Width of Pleats

Ma Mian Qun Making - How to Calculate the Width of Pleats
Ma Mian Qun Making - How to Calculate the Width of Pleats

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