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One-piece pleat dress

Added May 16, 2010

by flosiepoos

Oxfordshire, Uni...






This dress was made using just one pattern piece – not counting the casing which is optional. The pattern comes from the book One-Piece Wearables by Sheila Brennan.

The armholes are bound with bias tape made from the same fabric. I used a grosgrain ribbon for now, but may make a wider ribbon from the same fabric. The back seam (a French seam in this case) is the only one on the dress. Finished the dress with a nice roll hem.

Dress looks very nice with a belt or ribbon on the waist and will undoubtedly come out really well in dressier fabrics like silk too. I like the A-line shape which has a bit of the 60s feel to it.

The pattern from the book is very good with a minor niggle being that the position of the pleats on the pattern piece do not line up with the ones on the pleat template – as shown in the close-ups of the neckline where you can still see the purple markers.
The fabric is from Ikea.

Material Notes

1.2m cotton fabric, approx. 1.2m ribbon




Garment Type
Bohemian, Casual, Classic, Romantic, Vintage


Sheila Brennan

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    May 31, 2010, 10.02 PMby holasoylulu

    i love this dress!!!!!!!!

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    May 24, 2010, 02.09 AMby seussian

    This just goes to show how a garment with a simple shape can be made simply amazing by the fabric choice. =) God bless you, M

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    May 17, 2010, 12.14 PMby sade-

    Great dress.

    I have the same fabric and was thinking of turning it into a skirt, but I think it’d need lining. What do you think?

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      May 17, 2010, 04.28 PMby flosiepoos

      Hi Sade, thanks for your compliment. I would certainly line it, it is too see-through. A thin, light cotton will suffice, or you could of course wear your new skirt with a slip. The dress isn’t lined and I’ll definitely be putting some in before I wear it! It’s a lovely fabric to work with.

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    May 17, 2010, 05.13 AMby pink-cornelia

    love your fabric , love the dress.

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