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Pleat Dress

Added Sep 4, 2009

by michelleiswell

Portland, Oregon...






This dress I did for a final project in my draping class. Ever since then I am draping like a mad woman instead of flat patternmaking. I orignally made it in the brown wool blend with the slight gold flecking throughout. The second was made from beautiful wool from the local Pennelton Woolen Mill. I was lucky enough to get the fabric from my suit making teacher who was cleaning out her ‘stash’. I got one cut of it, and my friend got the other. For my birthday my friend gave me her cut, and I am so pleased! There is just the perfect girl for this dress, and I get to keep one for myself!

Material Notes

Wool. Yummy, Yummy wool. I love sewing with wool. Lined with organza… well shoot, all of my stuff is lined with organza! Hidden welt pockets.




Garment Type
Classic, Military, Romantic, Vintage
Organza, Wool

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    Nov 24, 2010, 07.27 PMby stuffit-1

    It looks just great, i looove it!

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    May 7, 2010, 12.29 PMby geri1609

    What a beautifull dress!! Love your style!!

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    Sep 9, 2009, 06.39 AMby koh

    i’m in love with this dress. Any chance of a pattern or how to? =D

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      Sep 9, 2009, 06.55 AMby michelleiswell

      i draped and patterned this, however, i don’t know how to transfer this to upload in a way that would be user friendly. i have never graded a pattern before, so i would want it to be perfect before it went out to the masses….

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    Sep 7, 2009, 04.11 AMby sewgurlwmu

    I love it! I would pay good money for this in a department store. Excellent Job!

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    Sep 5, 2009, 07.46 PMby allicat


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    Sep 5, 2009, 05.29 PMby peachypanda

    they’re beautiful. love the detailing. did you make the yellow cape as well. it definitely caught my eye

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      Sep 5, 2009, 05.43 PMby michelleiswell

      i did make the yellow cape. it is the same as my ‘April’ cape, just in a different wool. thank’s so much.

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    Sep 5, 2009, 03.04 AMby sunnydays212003

    Very creative i really like the style

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    Sep 4, 2009, 07.30 PMby deviousdee1

    FAB! Dx

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    Sep 4, 2009, 07.12 PMby calicocouture

    So cute! The plaid is really fun, and I like the neckline. The wool is really classic. =)

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    Sep 4, 2009, 07.08 PMby calicocouture

    I love them! The plaid is especially fun. But the wool is so classic. =)

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    Sep 4, 2009, 07.07 PMby leeloe

    I’m i nlove with this dress.. it’s beautiful . .i would like to make one :)

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    Sep 4, 2009, 05.25 PMby littlecottondresses

    Absolute awesomeness. I vote for a how-to as well. (or a how-to make this pattern from an existing sloper?)

    BurdaStyle had a tutorial on how to computerize and upload a pattern for sharing: http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/create-a-print-at-home-pattern-pdf

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      Sep 4, 2009, 05.26 PMby littlecottondresses

      Oh, thanks for your comment on my purple pleat dress :) just saw it.

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      Sep 4, 2009, 05.33 PMby michelleiswell

      thanks for the heads up! i will totally look into this…

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    Sep 4, 2009, 05.19 PMby juicean

    I absolutely adore the blue one. Are you going to be posting a how-to soon? Please?

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    Sep 4, 2009, 02.07 PMby allygally

    I love these dresses! They’re both gorgeous. Nice job!

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    Sep 4, 2009, 01.35 PMby just-fee

    Both are wonderful! The plaid is a total wow dress and the brown wool blend is just plain classy!!!

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    Sep 4, 2009, 12.40 PMby mindycen

    I love it!!! Can you do a how-to? I would love to make a plaid one.

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      Sep 4, 2009, 05.19 PMby michelleiswell

      i have the physical pattern, but how do i computerize it? And at the moment it is just one size, it hasn’t been graded for other sizes…

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    Sep 4, 2009, 11.36 AMby shielaimbao

    i love it, i would love to make one for myself:)

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    Sep 4, 2009, 10.22 AMby lie

    Wow, what a great job!! I know you made this by draping, but is there any chance you can provide us with a pattern of this dress? I’d really love to make one like this!!!

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      Sep 4, 2009, 05.20 PMby michelleiswell

      if only i knew how to transfer my paper pattern onto the computer… and at the moment it is only one size, i haven’t graded it up or down yet… which is on my list of things to accomplish in the future. Do you have any ideas on how to get this to a digital format?

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    Sep 4, 2009, 06.59 AMby spikklubba

    Love both dresses, very beautiful. Wool is the best fabric to sew, falls nicely and easy to shape.

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    Sep 4, 2009, 06.10 AMby irmchen

    You are really a mad woman. Mad means genial in creating such wonderfull dresses. The blue chequered one is superb!!

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