1950s Pleated Party Dress

Added Apr 19, 2013

by melonhead

Roanoke, Indiana...

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Description

I made this dress for the Fort Wayne Museum of Art’s Funky Formal Night that was about a month ago. I wanted to create something very retro and 1950s inspired I hand drafted this dress pattern and used over 5 yards of fabric. There were so many pleats that had to be measured and hand pressed, that by the end I was ready to be done with the iron for awhile. There are 1/2’’ pleats around the top of the bodice, 1’’ pleats around the waist, and 1.5’’ pleats around the middle of the skirt. There is also a pleated placket with buttons in the back covering the zipper.

The dress itself is a simple strapless dress with a sweetheart neckline and an invisible zipper in the back. The dress is fully lined with boning in the bodice for support. There’s also a colorful tulle crinoline that I designed to pop out on purpose 2.5’’ below the hemline.

There are hidden pockets in the side. Like I’ve said so many times before I like to have pockets in dresses. Most of the time I don’t want to carry around a clutch or a bag while I’m all dressed up. I like having a place where I can stash my keys and cell phone without having to worry about carrying them all night.

More details and photos over on my blog (all photos are taken by myself): http://esther-fromthesticks.blogspot.com/2013/04/1950s-inspired-spring-party-dress.html

Also for anyone who is interested this dress is for sale in my Etsy shop as well: https://www.etsy.com/listing/129838816/1950s-pleated-party-dress?ref=shop_home_active

Material Notes

upholstery fabric, lining, tulle, boning, interfacing, invisible zipper, elastic thread, thread, buttons.

Difficulty

Novice

Categories

Season
Summer, Spring
For
Women
Garment Type
Dress
Style
Classic, Vintage
Material
Blends, Tulle

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    Mar 18, 2014, 06.41 AMby maggiemc

    Its a lovely dress! And the pictures are beautiful!

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    Jun 20, 2013, 02.33 AMby rebeccalady

    Beautiful dress, beautiful pictures!

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    Apr 27, 2013, 11.40 AMby infinite-plus-one

    Love it and it looks great on you!

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    Apr 21, 2013, 11.30 AMby pampula

    Beautiful and unique dress! I love especially the pleats and how the upper edge of the pleats is left visible. And stunning photos again!

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    Apr 20, 2013, 10.26 PMby kerstika

    Very beautiful! :)

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    Apr 20, 2013, 03.15 PMby Mary Athey

    gorgeous dress and gorgeous photos x

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    Apr 19, 2013, 11.49 PMby michelle ><><><

    Beautiful ! :)

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    Apr 19, 2013, 09.34 PMby Milena Bella

    Oh you are killing me. Perfection.

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    Apr 19, 2013, 09.19 PMby Käsekosmonautin

    NiiiiicE!

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    Apr 19, 2013, 08.57 PMby Debbie Allingham

    So cute! It’s gorgeous – as are your pics :)

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