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Pleats of My Heart

Added Mar 14, 2010

by sewbissy

New Jersey, Unit...






To make this, I altered the dirndl dress pattern from the new Built by Wendy Dresses book. It took a little fiddling to get the pleats the way I wanted (read more on “my blog”: http://sewsterhood.wordpress.com/2010/03/14/pleasing-pleats/) and the bodice fit I was going for, but I think it was worth the effort. I finished the arm and neck openings with facings and gave it a side invisible zip.

I really love this fabric—the print as well as the hand. And a special thanks to my grandparents, who very nicely got it for me during our last visit. The fabric has a lovely little border print along each selvedge that I was originally going to put along the hem, but I loved the way it looked integrated into the top of the pleats, so I went with that instead. (It would have been a maxi-dress situation to have the border both places.)

Material Notes

Quilting cotton—from the French General for Moda line Rouenneries.




Garment Type
Classic, Romantic, Vintage

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    Mar 21, 2010, 12.38 AMby roarah

    Beautiful work. I love the detail around the waistline. It really lifts the dress.

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    Mar 19, 2010, 09.52 PMby natski

    This is dress is so pretty, and the pleats are wonderful! Lovely work

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    Mar 19, 2010, 11.27 AMby Passiona Cottee

    Perfect! The fabric, the fit, the shape… and an elusive quality, that I am finding hard to describe… could it be a “humble elegance”?

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    Mar 16, 2010, 07.28 PMby tejka

    sooo coool

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    Mar 15, 2010, 08.34 PMby runningwithscissors1

    beautiful job! I love the pleats

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    Mar 15, 2010, 09.11 AMby zenica

    This is gorgeous! I love the way the pleats give the dress the feminine shape.

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    Mar 15, 2010, 03.32 AMby mybombzinedoll

    The border at the waist is a lovely detail, it helps to break up the dress and it’s really flattering

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    Mar 15, 2010, 01.56 AMby Chicky C

    Looks great

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    Mar 15, 2010, 01.10 AMby livstudios

    So pretty – I love the edge done at the waist. It’s so unexpected. The fabric is wonderful.

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    Mar 14, 2010, 10.32 PMby ticklishmoose

    You did a wonderful job! 5 stars!

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    Mar 14, 2010, 10.20 PMby zickzack

    Very neat pleats! I like the fabric and the effect at the waist! I would agree that it looks better at the waist than at the hem. It makes the dress special because it’s unusual. And it was worth the effort – the fit seems to be perfect.

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