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Member Model Challenge - Pleated Designer Dress

Added May 22, 2014

by skufish

Houston, Texas, ...






For my entry in the Member Model Challenge, I used print and texture mixing to reference the Spring 2014 luxe-sporty trend.

Construction Details:
The main fabric is a printed polyester ponte di roma, with bodice side panels made from cotton pique knit and a sleeve overlay of black athletic mesh.
The contrast cotton pique was more stretchy than the stable ponte knit, so I block-fused lightweight tricot interfacing to the back to stabilize the pieces before cutting. When cutting my pieces from the printed fabric, I had to strategically place the print motifs to ensure the best “brush stroke” distribution across the sleeves, center front, and center back.
I topstitched the curved shoulder seams to give the raglan sleeves more structure, so they stand away from the body. The skirt hem was interfaced with fusible tricot for firmness and body. All seam allowances were overlocked, with hems finished invisibly by hand.

I really enjoyed the process of choosing the right mix of fabrics and textures for this dress. It was a lot of intensive work to do in two days, but the results are worth it!

Material Notes

polyester ponte di roma, polyester athletic mesh, cotton pique knit, fusible tricot interfacing, 22" invisible zipper, hook and eye




Garment Type
Cotton, Knits/Jersey, Polyester

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    Feb 27, 2016, 11.06 AMby SassyT

    Love!!! Would you mind me sharing this on Sassy Sewing Bees in the future? I link to your post and let you know when shared. SSB – https://www.facebook.com/SassySewingBees

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    May 30, 2014, 04.36 PMby Asiverson

    Congratulations and it is easy to see why you won! Love your dress, and the fabric choices are exquisite. TFS!

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    May 30, 2014, 10.53 AMby Dominica Briscoe

    Congratulations , job well done. You selected an amazing color and the mix of textures are so perfect.

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    May 27, 2014, 08.16 PMby cur-jargon

    great construction and fit. love your fabric choices and how you brought out texture in the sleeves…brilliant! I thought it was a metallic or animal skin!

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    May 27, 2014, 05.32 PMby Samantha Baldwin

    Great dress. The fabric rocks. Where did you get it?

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      May 27, 2014, 08.15 PMby skufish

      It was a remnant from Fashion Fabrics Club online. I bought it over a year ago.

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    May 26, 2014, 04.11 AMby nrobson

    beautiful look, love the fabric and structure, great job

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    May 24, 2014, 06.33 PMby sewzgud

    Beautiful mix of fabrics. (I love to mix fabrics and textures, too.) Your placement of the brush strokes was inspired!

    The belt is a nice touch.

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    May 23, 2014, 07.15 PMby burdastyle

    Congratulations, you are a finalist in our Member Model Challenge! http://www.burdastyle.com/blog/vote-on-the-top-three-picks-in-our-member-model-challenge

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      May 23, 2014, 07.52 PMby skufish

      Hooray! Thanks so much for the opportunity!

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    May 23, 2014, 03.21 PMby Angie H

    Sporty Luxe? I think I am in love… I heart everything about this dress- the athletic mesh is to die for. I wish this dress were in my closet. It is so fresh. Great Job!

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      May 23, 2014, 08.02 PMby skufish

      Thanks for the kind comment. I like using unconventional materials in my sewing, and the panels of this dress are the perfect way to incorporate special fabrics. I was also thinking of Peter Pilotto’s dynamic print combinations while planning this project.

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      May 23, 2014, 10.48 PMby Angie H

      I can definitely see the reference to Peter Pilotto. Congrats on being a finalist. You have my vote!

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    May 23, 2014, 06.24 AMby cathysews


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    May 23, 2014, 05.57 AMby tasallison

    fantastic! love the way you have used the black mesh overlay! it really adds another layer of depth to the print :-)

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    May 22, 2014, 09.31 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Love it! Great job!! :-) Congratulations!!!! Well deserved! :-))

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    May 22, 2014, 08.43 PMby maggieg5

    wonderful detail and great mix of fabrics. You have made a truly fantastic dress. To top it off your photos are great as well.

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    May 22, 2014, 07.20 PMby Mary Athey

    Gorgeous dress and it looks great on you x

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    May 22, 2014, 04.56 PMby Inga 888

    the best version of this dress pattern I have seen! love the combination of fabric and great idea for the sleeves

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    May 22, 2014, 03.50 PMby alice9163

    What a special dress! Methinks this looks better than Jason Wu’s! You deserve to win!

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      May 22, 2014, 09.58 PMby skufish

      Thank you, that is high praise indeed!

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    May 22, 2014, 02.57 PMby Deanna31

    Wow you’ve done a great job arranging the pattern- very aesthetically pleasing. Great fabric choices.

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    May 22, 2014, 02.15 PMby KIMAIS

    Oh, I like that fabric! good job with the placing of the print ( I had some fun with my crazy print ;-) and I like the twist with the mesh – what a great idea!

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      May 22, 2014, 03.10 PMby skufish

      Thank you! Your pattern matching is impressive. What a great fabric find!

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    May 22, 2014, 11.03 AMby tessi

    This is a STUNNING interpretation of the Burda pattern! KUDOS!

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    May 22, 2014, 09.59 AMby Lindsay Hodgson

    This is really cool and your pics are amazing. Well done and good luck!

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    May 22, 2014, 09.24 AMby kisses

    Love the dress…like the details and you model it so well. Nice pics too

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    May 22, 2014, 08.18 AMby liliv-1

    Interesting dress, I like it!

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    May 22, 2014, 07.34 AMby IDia

    Worthy of Burda model! LOVE the dress and Photos are great!!! Bravo!

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