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1950s Pleated Party Dress

Added Apr 19, 2013

by melonhead

Roanoke, Indiana...






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):

Also for anyone who is interested this dress is for sale in my Etsy shop as well:

Material Notes

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




Summer, Spring
Garment Type
Classic, Vintage
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


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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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