Here is a tutorial on altering a basic bodice pattern (with vertical waist darts and horizontal bust darts) into a "leaf" pleated bodice. For this tutorial I used the JJ bodice sloper pattern you can download from this site.
The idea is to show you an easy altering technique I used when drafting my "Do you like peaches?" dress. You will get the best results if you start with a basic pattern you already tired, and that fits you well.

This dress was featured in the Feb/March 2011 issue of the SewNews magazine. There I explained to details how to draft the whole pattern. Read the article here

Technique Materials

Cello tape

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    Jul 21, 2010, 01.23 PMby nikotina

    Its so delicate and beautiful, thank you for making the effort and posting the technique

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    Apr 3, 2010, 07.58 AMby carlaassem

    Great great !

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    Mar 9, 2010, 04.42 PMby emarch

    Hi there. I’m wondering if you’d consider writing this technique for Sew News magazine. I’m the editor and love the finished look of this dress. This is a great technique article that our readers would love. Email me at sewnews@sewnews.com if you’re interested. Thanks!

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    Dec 5, 2009, 08.01 AMby r-force

    great very nice

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    Oct 30, 2009, 04.33 PMby DONALD GREEN LIM

    hi jan, me gusta tu unico detalye na de tu camisa….. it could also be useful on sleeves for edgy effect.:) i’ll try that one of these days. :)

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    Oct 21, 2009, 07.10 AMby lisalei

    I love this technique! I’m getting a lot of inspiration from it :) Thanks for posting :)

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    Oct 12, 2009, 01.56 PMby TerezaSews

    I think I’ll use that someday as a neckline rather than waistline accent to go better with my figure.

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    Oct 10, 2009, 12.33 PMby maha1965

    very fine illustration and very useful technique it can be used on skirts too

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      Oct 11, 2009, 12.07 PMby anajan

      Exactly! I used the same technique to draft the skirt part of the peach dress showed above.

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