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Plenty of pleats and pintucks!

Added Aug 30, 2012

by laracrj

Cardiff, United ...






My final dress of the summer holidays and although I’m slightly disappointed with how few items I’ve made this summer, I’m very pleased with this dress.

I used a self drafted pattern – just a basic vest shaped bodice, collar and rectangle gathered skirt. I thought I’d spice it up a bit with some pleats and pintucks. I pleated the bodice fabric before cutting out and sewing the bodice, I just had to make sure that the pleats fit between the darts. I used the extra pleated section to create a pocket and then pin-tucked around the hem of the skirt. The bodice and collar are lined in navy polyester to match the exposed zip on the back.

A LOT of measuring went into this dress! But it was all worth it – it’s now my favourite little girl grown up dress – I think the kids dresses are always the nicest!

Material Notes

Beige polka dot cotton, navy polyester lining


Garment Type

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    Oct 8, 2012, 12.33 AMby neveenkarnes

    I love your dress. It looks beautiful on you!!! Well done fabulous job !,

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    Sep 8, 2012, 06.53 PMby annaintechnicolor

    Belated commenting here, but I love this dress! the pintucks and color combo (I love blue and brown together!) are just so incredibly lovely. Nice work! :)

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      Sep 8, 2012, 07.03 PMby laracrj

      Thank you – I love your dresses too!

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    Sep 5, 2012, 02.07 PMby flowergirl22

    really pretty dress, love the colour,, can I ask why did you decide the sip had to be outside??

    the colourchoice of the zip is great,, but why outside ? i never understand.

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      Sep 8, 2012, 07.07 PMby laracrj

      Thank you! I don’t really know why I chose to do the zip on the outside, just seen it in a few places and thought it would make it more striking than it just being a girly dress!

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    Sep 4, 2012, 11.35 AMby jasmari

    Lovely dress!!! You did a great job.

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    Sep 1, 2012, 07.31 AMby laracrj

    Thank you all for such lovely comments, it means a lot hearing that you like it when you’re all so talented yourselves!

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    Aug 31, 2012, 08.29 PMby Jodi Wade

    SO pretty!

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    Aug 31, 2012, 07.26 PMby secondbedroom

    Two of my favorite things: pleats and polka dots. Bravo!

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    Aug 31, 2012, 05.33 PMby madebymeg

    this is gorgeous! love it and all the details

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    Aug 31, 2012, 08.11 AMby caireen

    Wow, that is gorgeous! It’s such a great dress, love the pleats and pintucks. Very well done!

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    Aug 31, 2012, 08.11 AMby caireen

    Wow, that is gorgeous! It’s such a great dress, love the pleats and pintucks. Very well done!

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    Aug 31, 2012, 07.10 AMby elimaem

    sooo many pleats and pintucks. soooo very impressed!!!

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    Aug 31, 2012, 06.52 AMby marnieann

    So much fun! Pintucks and pleats and polka dots – oh my!

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    Aug 31, 2012, 06.24 AMby lauriana

    Those pintucks are really interesting detail in that polkadot fabric. It’s a great dress, and even more impressive for being your from own design and pattern. I also really like the collar. Peter pan collars can get overly cute quite easily but because on your dress it looks like collar and shoulder straps in one, it works really well.

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    Aug 30, 2012, 11.23 PMby schnui

    Beautiful and so beautifully sewn.

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    Aug 30, 2012, 11.11 PMby jacquipardue

    I love all the pleats and pintucks, well done. Very cute dress!!

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    Aug 30, 2012, 09.45 PMby Mary Athey

    Its gorgeous. The pleats etc are so well done.i would.nt know where to start without a pattern.fab job x

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