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Pineapple Head blouse, lot of pleats

Added Jun 30, 2008

by jj1

Livingston, New ...






Loosely fit blouse in red voile cotton type.
Box pleats in the front neckline and knife pleats at sleeves. I believe this type of sleeve is called “saddle sleeve”. I’m pleased
with the sleeve’s result but I don’t like the
overall garment. This one of the unsucessful patterns that I was going to upload here.
Also I couldn’t figure it out how to grade the
sizes of this pattern, too much pleats.

Material Notes

voile cotton




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    Jul 2, 2008, 02.28 AMby nikkishell

    I love the pleats :)

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    Jul 1, 2008, 09.11 AMby anajan

    JJ, this is lovely and inspiring idea. To be honest, I wouldn’t wear this kind of blouse, since I prefer form-fitting clothes, but I am thankful for your efforts to make it and share it with us. When I alter the pattern in order to add pleats, I always use the method you described above: first I sew the pleats, then I cut the fabric. I like to reduce the work as much as possible :). Also, when I work that way I’m sure that the final result will be as I want it to be. Anyway, the sleeves are gorgeous, and I think I’ll use your idea very soon!

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    Jul 1, 2008, 06.05 AMby lybu

    I love your blouse. It is really cute

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    Jul 1, 2008, 05.26 AMby jj1

    MarmotaB, I’m considering making a how to on this sleeve. It’s not hard on patternmaking process but it’s hard while sewing. I’m thinking that may be if we sew the pleats on rectangle fabric first then cut with pattern later that will be easier meaning we don’t have to expand the pattern to add pleats! The same method applies to the front neckline pleats too.

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    Jul 1, 2008, 01.03 AMby marmota-b

    Why not make a maternity blouse from it, then? ;-) But I understand it’s a bit too much work for a not completely satisfying result… But it’s inspirational. At least the pleats on the sleeves are definitely worth it!

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    Jun 30, 2008, 02.14 PMby jj1

    Thank you so much for the compliments. I look like I’m expecting when I tried this blouse. It’s too puffy. So true about looking like a little girl top. Fabricaddict: yes, I backstitched the end but you can sew to the end and angle it out to the fabric edge and backstitch too so that it does not look messy at the end. I suggest you try sewing pleats with “invisible zipper foot” and press “each” pleat every time you done it, measure about 1/2" , fold and press and go back to sew other pleats. Yes, it’s a painful process. By the way, I’m in the process of upload 2 culottes patterns and one very cute blouse. Never mind this pleated blouse please, it’s not worth the pain (inclulding my pain to upload this pattern ;-)

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    Jun 30, 2008, 01.25 PMby fashion1

    I like the idea with the pleats on the shoulder. you´re so creative!

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    Jun 30, 2008, 12.32 PMby Sandy Wilson

    I think this is awsome blouse. Love the sleeves and the pleats. I would definitely download the pattern and see how it works with different fabrics and lengeths.

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    Jun 30, 2008, 08.35 AMby fabricaddict

    Love your top! Well done, and for making the pattern – very impressive! You must have lots of patience with all those pleats! I made a top last year with pleats in the front but have found a few unravelling at the end. Do you back stitch at the bottom of the pleat?

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    Jun 30, 2008, 08.05 AMby photinx

    Wow! This is an amazing blouse. I admire your patience for drafting and sewing!

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    Jun 30, 2008, 08.02 AMby dianacirne

    I love pleats! But I’m badddd making pleats! Need to practice! Love this blouse!

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    Jun 30, 2008, 07.40 AMby ink


    I have been dreaming about a blouse like this…now here it is! What is unsuccessful about the top??? I LOVE IT.

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    Jun 30, 2008, 07.25 AMby marmota-b

    Unsuccessful? Not at all… The back might be a bit boring, but the front is awesome! Maybe if you changed the back to make it more interesting (pleats? :-) and sewed it from a non-print fabric (this way it looks a bit like children’s clothes), it would be a wonderful, wonderful blouse and I would really love to get the pattern!

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    Jun 30, 2008, 07.24 AMby naughtylittlepony

    I really love this! I wouldn’t be able to get to the printer fast enough if this was a pattern on here. You are so clever JJ!

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    Jun 30, 2008, 07.22 AMby mirela

    Cute pleats!

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    Jun 30, 2008, 06.43 AMby carottesauvage

    Waow JJ! Another tour de force! I love the pleated saddle sleeve, very inspiring. The top part of the garment works very well indeed, even the beep, but if you are not happy posting the pattern the way it is, post it as a dress! (I would imagine a pleated lower part)

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