The Riva is a beautifully drafted pattern collection that consists of a button-down shirt with either a long sleeve or sleeveless option and high-waist trousers with a shorts option. As the description for the pattern says, it really does combine classic tailoring with casual ease for the perfect balance.
One of the most unique details of the Riva button-down shirt is the deep pleat on the back. Not only does it add beautiful visual interest, it offers elegant structured volume to the silhouette, especially when made up in Fabrics-Store’s delicious linen.
This tutorial will give you step by step instructions on how to construct the back pleat on the Riva shirt and show you how easy it actually is!
2. Take 1A and fold it over to match on top on 1B. Note that you will pass over 2B, which becomes a fold. Pin this pleat in place.
Look! It’s your first pleat!
Give your seam a nice press and voila! You’ve made a beautiful back pleat. Now you are ready to attach the yoke!