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A patterned or textured fabric can be transformed by smocking. A large pattern can be reduced or a life-like object made abstract. Striped or checked fabrics create interesting patterns and ensure perfect pleats without marking the rows.
Instead of making evenly spaced tacking stitches, work in random spacing, different sizes and directions.
Leave unpleated spaces parallel to the drawn up columns of pleats, perhaps in different widths and at varying intervals. These spaces could be left blank or filled with embroidery, insertions of lace, braid or ribbon. They could be stamped or painted.
The tacking threads could be left in as a design feature. They could be in different weights or colors.