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Pleats Please!

Added Sep 15, 2015

by bellifontaine

Fontainebleau, F...






Pleats have been on my mind for a couple of seasons now.

As to this dress, I loved this model from the moment I saw it in June issue for 2012 but I did not have the appropriate fabric back then. This spring I came across a couple of cuts of a nice costume blend in red. It seemed to be perfect for my small shift dress with pleated hem panel. The fabric had a bit of a stand and elastic stretch. It did not wrinkle. In a nutshell I finally I had everything to make this dress come true.

It was not my first experience with pleats (see my Vichy skirt), but this time I wanted to make a real pliss using a special solution. You can find the recipe of this DYI solution on my blog.

The silhouette of the finished dress turned out to be rather loose and looks more like an A-line dress. The pleated hem panel is attached to the lining of the dress and not to the hem of the main fabric. Sometimes it makes an impression of an ensemble of a long tunic and a little skirt underneath it. And I like the movement that this narrow panel of pleats adds to this dress.

I love the 60s silhouette of the dress and its details. It is sober enough for the city yet classy to make it work for special occasions.

More about my inspiration, the dress and homemade pleats on my blog: www.katyasgallery.blogspot.com

Material Notes

costume blend with some elasthane




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    Oct 17, 2015, 08.25 AMby heteromodal

    This is such an amazing dress and it suits you so well! Still haven’t started sewing, and this inspires me so much! Your other garments are beautiful as well.

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      Oct 17, 2015, 11.49 PMby bellifontaine

      Thanks a lot!
      I am very glad my works can serve as an inspiration.))

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    Sep 20, 2015, 04.40 PMby nrobson

    elegance, love it

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    Sep 17, 2015, 02.18 AMby floralgirl

    This is really cute-red suits you- and I think it looks a bit mod 60s as well.

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      Sep 17, 2015, 07.53 PMby bellifontaine

      Yes, I see 60s, and even 20s with its dropped waist-lines.. Yet, I still find it quite modern.)) Thank you for your comment!

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    Sep 16, 2015, 09.20 PMby cchristie

    Great dress and so stylish!

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    Sep 16, 2015, 07.57 PMby SueMH

    This is gorgeous, love it on you!

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    Sep 16, 2015, 05.25 PMby liliv-1

    Another wonderful dress from you, I love it!

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    Sep 16, 2015, 07.48 AMby chula123

    love it! it looks so 60’s yet so modern too. nice colour and nice photos.

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      Sep 17, 2015, 07.41 PMby bellifontaine

      Thanks a lot! I find it very versatile too. Thanks so much for your comment!

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    Sep 16, 2015, 01.56 AMby RedBelka

    Absolutely gorgeous!

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    Sep 16, 2015, 01.41 AMby Bbtiny

    This is really pretty and looks a lot nicer than the one in the magazine!

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    Sep 15, 2015, 10.07 PMby izbott

    Thank your sharing your tips with us. It’s gorgeous & classic!

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      Sep 15, 2015, 10.43 PMby bellifontaine

      Thanks a lot for your comment!
      I am glad my notes can be helpful.)) And it is great to hear you liked the dress.))

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    Sep 15, 2015, 09.21 PMby Mary Athey

    Lovely dress and it looks great on you. I love your fabric and photos x

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      Sep 15, 2015, 09.47 PMby bellifontaine

      Thank you for your comment Mary! It is so nice to hear you liked the dress and the photos.
      Congrats on winning the bingo!))

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    Sep 15, 2015, 02.58 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Very chic and Lovely dress!

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    Sep 15, 2015, 01.54 PMby kisses

    Nice and chic!

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    Sep 15, 2015, 01.43 PMby gtangel

    very sharp.. love

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      Sep 15, 2015, 03.09 PMby bellifontaine

      Thanks for your comment!

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    Sep 15, 2015, 12.49 PMby Maria Hayek

    Love it! very chic

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