cartridge pleating are used to gather a large amount of fabric into a small waistband or armscye without adding bulk to the seam. This type of pleating also allows the fabric of the skirt or sleeve to spring out from the seam. Fabric is evenly gathered using two or more lengths of basting stitches, and the top of each pleat is whipstitched onto the waistband or armscye.
I fell in love with this dress as I was sewing it for my darling daughter. Love the color...why is it so difficult to find a great navy dress??? Love the stretch lace godets which allow the close-fitting bodice to flow into a beautiful flared skirt.