This fabric is 45 inches wide, so we've used two widths of it for the full body of the stola.
Two lengths that are 2x long (where x = your shoulder to floor measurement). Sew together along the edges, leaving a neck hole in the middle.
Laid out with the pins.
Detail- the place in the seam that is left open for the neck hole.
The neck hole left after the seam is finished.
Sew up the sides, leaving arm holes. You now have a very large rectangle.
Here is a better image of the neck hole.
This is a method of making vertical pleats (or cartridge pleating, if you will). Take a long running stitch, about half an inch per stitch, and then pull the fabric down the thread into pleats.
Pull the pleats snugly together, and shove a couple more threads through it to make it more secure. As a note: I put in three threads for this sotla, and they kept breaking. An option is to wrap around a bit of ribbon or trim to hold the pleats in place.
And here is this stola on Her Highness!
Variation B: Box pleats on the shoulders.
Fine the center of the shoulder width
Begin pleating the entire width into one multi layer pleat.
Pleat evenly on both sides, sew it down, and you are done!
Here is a better picture of a finished box pleat shoulder.
And here is me wearing a v-neck, box pleated stola variation.