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1940s Style Dress with Kick Pleats

Added Nov 16, 2011

by corinaladue

San Ramon, Calif...






So I was hired to do a wedding, the bride’s maid dresses to be specific. But it ended up not working out for a variety of reasons (time, cost, whatever). Before the order was cancelled I actually drafted the pattern for the dresses and made a prototype. This was based on two photos that the bride sent me. I merged the two styles into this dress. I’m pretty happy with the results!




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Classic, Vintage
Cotton, Blends

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    Dec 15, 2011, 03.10 AMby miss-josephine

    so lovely, im going to try my hand at making one :)

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      Dec 15, 2011, 07.07 PMby corinaladue

      Thank you. Please post the pics when you’re done. I’d love to see more versions of this!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 05.07 PMby svoebel

    This is a well executed design. One first sees the neckline and hem, but the bodice details are amazing. Would be lovely in a silk shantung, where you can visually see all the details.

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      Dec 14, 2011, 07.39 PMby corinaladue

      I agree! The dresses were going to be made in a dark blue satin with gold pleats and buttons. they would have turned out great. I used this floral fabric because It was a remnant and I got it for pretty cheap. I figured if it didn’t turn out I wouldn’t have lost much. But I did like the print enough to wear it if the dress did turn out well.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 06.55 PMby Victoria5487

    I had the required half semester of sewing in middle school and loved it. But my mother would not allow more classes because she had me on a strict college prep track for a career. This was in the fifties and careers for women were limited in business were limited to minor roles and she was determined to make that change…with me. After college and starting my career, while pregnant the first time, I started sewing again with my sister-in-law who taught me the basics. We made maternity and baby clothes for both of us. All during my career in accounting, I continued to sew, making clothes for my daughters and myself, my husband and home. I’ve always taken classes when I could work them in. I’m 70 now and still sewing, learning new skills and recently a granddaughter started sewing also. Sewing has been a life long passion.

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      Dec 14, 2011, 12.23 AMby corinaladue

      I’ve only been sewing for about 10 years, but once I started I never wanted to do anything else. I’m glad you got back to it and that now you can do it for you. My dad wanted me to be an accountant too, like him. While the security of the job was there, I had to try to do this. I love it so so much.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 12.38 AMby sala22

    You should make a pattern from this dress and sell it! I’d totally buy it!

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      Dec 14, 2011, 12.20 AMby corinaladue

      Thank you! If I knew how to physically put a pattern online I totally would. right now though I don’t have the talent for that!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 06.24 PMby winkybear

    OMG I so totally would buy this pattern from you! And, best thing for me, I know where I can score some of that fabric.

    You should be SO proud, this dress is a masterpiece!!!!

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      Dec 12, 2011, 07.24 PMby corinaladue

      Thank you so much! I guess I did pretty good huh?

      where can you find more of this fabric? I just has someone inquire about making them one too but the store I got the fabric from has no more…

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    Dec 12, 2011, 01.08 AMby Kendra Jeffrey

    OMG!!!! I have to have this pattern!!! Size 4, how much?!

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      Dec 12, 2011, 07.25 PMby corinaladue

      Hi Kendra! Thank you for the commet. I don’t actually have patterns for sale at this time but maybe in the future. I don’t even know my way around adobe right now. haha

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    Dec 11, 2011, 03.44 PMby EllietheElephant

    wow, i am totally in love with this pattern. The dress is beautiful, i love the material 2, at first i thought it was 2 busy, but at second glance i now think that it is really gorgeous, the material goes brilliantly with the simplistic design of the dress x 5 stars x

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      Dec 12, 2011, 07.27 PMby corinaladue

      Thank you! I was unsure about the fabric too, but since this was a prototype I thought if it didn’t turn out I wouldn’t be too upset. Lucky for me it did though.

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    Dec 11, 2011, 02.04 PMby laikadoll

    I think we all need this pattern! :D

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      Dec 12, 2011, 07.28 PMby corinaladue

      Thanks! Unfortunately I have no clue how to make this into a printable pattern. Maybe one day.

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    Dec 10, 2011, 08.10 PMby ALYSSA WEST

    I would buy this pattern as well. It’s incredibly beautiful.

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      Dec 10, 2011, 08.55 PMby corinaladue

      Thank you Angelina. :)

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    Dec 10, 2011, 06.26 PMby Melody Maya Pollock

    I would totaly buy this pattern!!!!!!!

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      Dec 10, 2011, 08.56 PMby corinaladue

      Maybe someday when I get better at explaining things I’ll try to figure out how to make a pdf for real…

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    Dec 10, 2011, 04.17 PMby tessi

    This is absolutely stunning! I think you should draft this in a few sizes and sell the pattern here on Burdastyle! I especially love all of the bodice details! Well done!

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      Dec 10, 2011, 08.56 PMby corinaladue

      Thank you so much! I may do that one day.

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    Dec 10, 2011, 11.41 AMby Joneseph

    This is amazing, really good make

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    Dec 10, 2011, 02.18 AMby Tracey McGowan Wirth

    This is really lovely! I love that you merged the two styles and made your own dress! YOU DONE DID GOOD! Sorry bad english and I don’t mean to yell, but it is just so cute. Is the fabric vintage? It’s great!

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      Dec 10, 2011, 08.58 PMby corinaladue

      The fabric was actually a remnant that I got for 50% off at a nearby fabric store. I almost didn’t have enough but I had to get creative with the cutting and take 3/8" allowance.

      And thank you, I appreciate all comments yelling or not!

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    Dec 9, 2011, 10.26 PMby madebymeg

    love the criss-cross neckline. beautiful!

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    Dec 6, 2011, 11.12 PMby monaverdour

    Hi, Gorgeous dress. Dd you make this from a pattern?

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      Dec 7, 2011, 10.22 PMby corinaladue

      Hi, thank you! I drafted this one on my own based on two photos the bride sent me. I rarely use patterns.

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    Nov 19, 2011, 09.02 PMby poppykettle

    It’s gorgeous – really lovely. You remind me of Dita von Teese in these pictures!

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      Nov 20, 2011, 07.25 AMby corinaladue

      You are way too kind! Thank you though that makes me smile.

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    Nov 18, 2011, 10.00 PMby janene

    Absolutely stunning. The fabric is gorgeous and I love the contrast of the kick pleats. The length is important to create that vintage feel and you have really done a fabulous job. I love it.

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      Nov 20, 2011, 07.25 AMby corinaladue

      Thank you Janene. I had thought about making it shorter but I agree with you about the length in vintage garmemts.

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    Nov 17, 2011, 10.18 PMby Lora Martinez

    You should be happy, this dress is gorgeous. I love the print, style and it fits so perfect. Well done!

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      Nov 18, 2011, 05.02 AMby corinaladue

      Thanks! I love the print too. Some people think red and blue don’t go together but I’ve always loved that combo with certain shades.

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    Nov 17, 2011, 07.51 PMby tirrs

    very lovely

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    Nov 17, 2011, 05.29 PMby tricksy

    Love the dress, love the fabric, love the hint of black peeping through – gorgeous!

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      Nov 17, 2011, 06.14 PMby corinaladue

      Thank you! I was thinking of going with red pleats, but then thought better of it. Looks like I made the right choice!

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    Nov 17, 2011, 07.36 AMby apfelbluete

    OMG! the dress is amazing!!! adorable! This is the most beautiful dress from the 40’s that I’ve ever seen! the fabric is a dream!

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      Nov 17, 2011, 06.14 PMby corinaladue

      Thank you! That means a lot coming from a talented seamstress like you.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 11.50 PMby ronnielee

    My new favourite dress, love it!

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    Nov 16, 2011, 09.15 PMby kstyled

    FABULOUS !!!

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    Nov 16, 2011, 08.11 PMby TheSewingStudio

    Love this dress! The fabric and fit are perfect!

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      Nov 17, 2011, 02.51 AMby corinaladue

      Thank you! I love the fabric too. I’m a sucker for florals.

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    Nov 16, 2011, 07.06 PMby cidell

    That is so beautiful!

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      Nov 17, 2011, 02.51 AMby corinaladue

      Thank you Cidell. :)

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    Nov 16, 2011, 06.57 PMby mynameisdavid

    Stunning! Great job!

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