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Leaf pleated dress / Do you like peaches?

Added Jul 1, 2009

by anajan

Belgrade, Serbia






An inspiration for this dress came from Laundry by Shelli Segal Pleat Dress.

This was my knockoff attempt. I liked the pleats sewn outwards instead of inwards, so I changed my original idea. Also, I didn’t pleat the back of the dress, since I didn’t want to accentuate my big bottom more than it is already exposed:).

The dress is not so close fitted due to lack of vertical darts.

This kind of pattern requires fabric that has some thickness, but drapes really well. I used georgette viscose.

This dress was featured in the Feb/Mar 2011 issue of the Sew News magazine, available in the USA. The last image is scanned from the magazine itself. To read more about how to draft a leaf pleated dress, take a look here

Material Notes

Recommended fabrics:
- Georgette
- Satin
- Silk
- Not too stretchy knits
- Wool



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    Apr 13, 2010, 02.42 PMby mad14kt


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    Sep 28, 2009, 05.36 PMby ink

    Your big bottom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! People would die for a bottom like yours, and if your bottom is big I might as well go crawl into a cave! You look so cute in this dress. I love those pleats. I don’t know how you managed to do the pleating without making the clean lines of the shift dress all muddled. How in the world do you do it! So skillful.

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      Sep 29, 2009, 04.53 PMby anajan

      Hahaha, thanks for the compliments, once again!
      I might make a tutorial on altering the basic pattern to get these pleats – it’s not that difficult at all! All you need is a dress pattern and some imagination.
      JJ’s bodice sloper pattern would work for it as well.

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    Jul 15, 2009, 12.41 PMby ralarkins

    I love the pleat work! Great Job!

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    Jul 13, 2009, 02.57 PMby allaboutart

    This is really pretty! Thank you for the pattern :D

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    Jul 8, 2009, 10.33 PMby pitocia

    Another great dress,AnaJan! I like your creations! And thanks for sharing the pattern!

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    Jul 8, 2009, 11.26 AMby sewmuchisgood

    You have a gift for sewing! Not just this dress, which is amazing, but all your other creations as well. I tend to gravitate to your sense of style and then I see that it was you that did them. Really cute and sensible. Practical too.

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    Jul 8, 2009, 09.04 AMby haan

    This is gorgeous! but you could have smiled a little bit :D

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    Jul 2, 2009, 08.18 AMby fabricaddict

    Wow this is lovely, love that pleat detail! Peaches are great :-)

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    Jul 1, 2009, 08.24 PMby allygally

    Ana, I love it! The pleats are very flattering, I just love it!

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    Jul 1, 2009, 08.26 AMby kristinjg

    That is a really great idea! It looks really good on you, too. Nice job!

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    Jul 1, 2009, 07.38 AMby camilaustral

    i like peaches! and your dress too, you sew a lot!!

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    Jul 1, 2009, 06.40 AMby sewella

    Ova je predivna!! Veoma mi se dopadaju faltice (brusnice) i sigurno cu i ja da uradim nesto slicno.

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    Jul 1, 2009, 06.29 AMby lala86

    I like the “leaf” effect it makes! I’ll wait for the pattern as it’s a very versatile design I believe. love it!

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    Jul 1, 2009, 06.00 AMby emlj

    love peaches love the dress!

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    Jul 1, 2009, 04.30 AMby judeb

    Very clever, I this lots.

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