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Pleated Designer Dress - Member Model Challenge

Added May 22, 2014


Fremantle, Austr...






Here is my entry for the Member Model challenge of the Pleated Designer Dress!

Made out of Cotton-Spandex with a slightly shiny satin finish. I opted not to fully line the dress because the fabric is quite thick and with the climate in Australia not really necessary ;-) I did however sew Hong Kong binding on the zipper edges and seams of the bodice for wearing comfort and a bit of couture feel on the inside. The hem on the sleeves and skirt I finished of with a satin ribbon on the inside to add a bit of pizzazz. I made a muslin to check the fit and altered the pattern to fit my 5 ft something petite frame.

Sewing the dress was not very difficult and it does not take much fabric, which was good because I bought the 1,3m left on the bolt and had to puzzle to get the pattern pieces in the right spots to achieve matching of the print. – unfortunately the print was not 100% straight – quite tricky to match the pattern at the seams.

Thanks to my fellow sewing ladies from the BurdastyleSewingClub Perth for helping with the fitting :-) pinning in the back is difficult and I don’t own a dress form yet.

you find the pattern here


it is based on a dress by designer Jason Wu – it was worn by Rachel Weisz at the CFDA Awards 2010


Material Notes

Cotton with Spandex, invisible zip 60cm, fusible interfacing, eye+hook closure, satin ribbon, cotton bias tape




Garment Type
Evening Wear, Classic
Cotton, Satin

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    May 27, 2014, 10.02 PMby dirtgirl1949

    Excellent work! Love it, you have certainly put a great deal of effort into this, not only with the beautiful fit, gorgeous eyecatching fabric, but the actual matching of the intricate pattern, that alone can be such a frustrating, time consuming part of constructing a well made garment. You have my vote, good luck from the Eastern States….

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      May 28, 2014, 07.05 AMby KIMAIS

      Thank you – it was a lot of work but totally worth it! I sometimes think to skip the extra time for the muslin, but I know if the garment I make does not fit – I end up not wearing it – and what a waste would that be! ;-)

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    May 26, 2014, 04.13 AMby sewing fanatic

    this looks SO good

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    May 23, 2014, 08.06 PMby Lindsay Hodgson

    Well done! I hope you win. Yours and Anna’s were my favourites! :)

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      May 24, 2014, 12.31 AMby KIMAIS

      Thank you Lindsay! I really liked you dotted version :-) happy sewing

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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 24, 2014, 12.10 AMby KIMAIS

      Woohoo! This is so exciting – thank you

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    May 23, 2014, 02.03 AMby Vanessa Da Silva

    Fabulous dress, I can’t believe you managed that pattern matching with so little fabric.

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      May 23, 2014, 02.15 AMby KIMAIS

      ;-) there was a lot of puzzling around and sore knees involved – I can highly recommend to use transparent foil for the pattern pieces to achieve the print to match at the seams

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    May 22, 2014, 09.29 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Wonderful!! You have a Great talent!! :-)

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      May 23, 2014, 12.29 AMby KIMAIS

      Thanks – my first competition entry – so exciting!

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      May 23, 2014, 06.29 AMby Ellen Hatteland

      I cross my fingers for you and wish you all Good luck!!

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    May 22, 2014, 08.51 PMby maggieg5

    Well match pattern on the front, back and sleeves :0) looks great, well done

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      May 23, 2014, 12.28 AMby KIMAIS

      Thank you! The print on the sleeves is different – I had to cut them in this way to get it to match for the seam in the middle because I ran out of fabric. At the skirt it was impossible due to the shape of the pattern pieces ;-)

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    May 22, 2014, 01.44 PMby kisses

    Love the print…overall nice dress.

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      May 22, 2014, 04.51 PMby KIMAIS

      Thanks! at first I was not sure about the print – it turned out even better than I imagined. In the shop they had the same print in a lilac-purple- hue as well, but I think this one was the better choice for me

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    May 22, 2014, 01.31 PMby liliv-1

    I LOVE this dress!

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      May 23, 2014, 02.08 AMby KIMAIS

      Thank you! I am really happy how it turned out :-)

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    May 22, 2014, 12.12 PMby Michelle Staunton

    Wow! I’m in awe of your pattern matching skills with that zipper. Well done, it looks amazing.

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      May 22, 2014, 02.48 PMby KIMAIS

      I took the muslin apart and retraced all the pattern pieces twice on transparent foil – worked like a charm for matching the print ;-) unfortunately the print was not 100% centered – I almost freaked out when I saw it
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    May 22, 2014, 12.02 PMby Couture Academic

    Amazing dress! You really hit a high note with this one! Love the fabric and your construction and pattern matching is impeccable. The pictures are really great too – you really nailed it :)

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      May 22, 2014, 02.48 PMby KIMAIS

      Thanks! You inspired me to give the dress a bit of a couture touch :-D I did not use Claire Schäffers ‘figure-8-stitch’ in the end though

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    May 22, 2014, 11.42 AMby Lindsay Hodgson

    Wow! Stunning dress. You’ve definitely nailed it (more’s the pity for me as a fellow contestant!) :) The fabric is like a work of art and your construction and matching the print is excellent. Well done and very best of luck!

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      May 22, 2014, 11.55 AMby KIMAIS

      Thank you! I did spend quite a bit of time on puzzling around with the pieces on the fabric before I cut into it and I double checked over and over before sewing each seam – but I think it was totally worth it!

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    May 22, 2014, 11.40 AMby IDia

    I LOVE the print!

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      May 22, 2014, 12.43 PMby KIMAIS

      Hehe, I am a bit obsessed with digital prints at the moment ;-) there I bought several prints in the past few month at this shop – they must think I am a bit crazy

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