Ruff has been painstakingly heated ‘n pleated. Used a vintage curling iron heated in a dry saucepan (which I might have ruined in the process; should check that) — could get about 8 pleats set until the iron cooled off. Then I could pin down 8 more while the iron heated up again. And I went over the whole thing twice.
Supposed to go over the back side so the curls are smooth, but I’m not confident that the pleats will really hold by themselves yet. There’s so much fabric in it, the thing tends to *sproing* out if you remove a pin. When I’d set the pleats, I gave it a good dusting of spray starch and left it to dry overnight.