A Plethora of Pleats

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I made this dress before I started blogging and despite the fact that it’s one of my most frequently worn dresses, I’ve only just got around to actually blogging it.

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I guess it’s probably more suited to being a summer dress, but with the addition of tights and a cardigan, it works well in the winter too. As seen here in mid December when climbing some more hills at my Mum’s house.

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It did get chilly with bare arms!

It did get chilly with bare arms!

That's better

That’s better

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I made the pattern myself for this dress. It’s pretty much just a basic vest shaped bodice, collar and rectangle gathered skirt. I thought I’d spice it up a bit with some plenty of pleats and pin tucks.

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Top tip for pleating – I pleated the bodice fabric before cutting out and sewing the bodice. Basically it just required making sure that I had enough unpleased fabric on either side to reach from the dart to the side seam and I just had to make sure that the pleats fit between the darts.

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When I cut the bodice on the fold, I had an extra semi-circular piece of pleated fabric, which I used to create a pocket.

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I also decided that you can never have too many pleats so I added some around the hem – it just meant that I cut the skirt fabric about 6 inches longer than I usually do so that I could add 2 tucks.

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This dress reminds me of pretty dresses I was always jealous of as a kid. Actually, scrap that, I am still jealous of them. Some of my favourite dress styles are classic girls’ dresses – kind of Victorian girl dresses. I wanted to make it a bit more modern so I added an exposed metal zip and I usually pair it with some contrasting accessories like this belt and earrings. The bodice and collar are lined in navy polyester to match the exposed zip on the back.

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A LOT of measuring went into this dress! But it was all worth it – it’s now my favourite little girl grown up dress – I can feel like I’m playing dress up in a very presentable way!

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13 thoughts on “A Plethora of Pleats

  1. Pingback: Me Made May Days 25-31 | dreaming of avonlea

    • Thanks, you can make it with any basic cut on fold borice block I’d think – you just pleat the fabric before you cut it all out. Then add a collar, pleat the hem and voila. Perhaps I should do a tutorial – then I’d get to make another one! x

  2. This is the prettiest homemade dress I have seen! I wish I was as talented to make one up myself, or that you used a pattern that I could go out and buy immediately, I love it! The pleats, the color, the exposed zipper, everything, it looks so nice on you, too! Well done!

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