A beautifully understated dress and top, with the sleeves and body cut as one. The inverted pleat at centre front and back, flatters most body shapes.
Suitable for dressmakers with some sewing experience.
This style can be made in most light to medium weight woven fabrics; cotton shirtings, chambrays, lightweight linens, Broderie Anglaise through to more fluid silks and viscose mixes.
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I visited your stand at the Knit & Stitch show Harrogate with a major (on my part) dilemma. My friend was to be married June just gone, the wedding almost didn't happen due to her developing breast cancer 4 years ago, but she's a survivor and the wedding did happen and she even had her own hair beautifully styled for the day. My friend had requested I wear a dress... - my dilemma - I don't wear dresses, they don't suit me or so I thought. I live in comfy jeans, a-line skirts, sloppy tops and jumpers, cardigans and such like. My footwear is converse, ballet shoes, Birkenstocks and walking boots ... I own 2 pairs of heals! I couldn't let her down ... but panic I did - lots ... I came to you last November, having used a number of your patterns before and found them simple and easy to use, easy to adapt and straight forward. You suggested the Pleat Detail dress and showed me a sample you'd adapted. So off I went, I already had a beautiful piece of midnight blue Irish linen - perfect. I made a mock up in lightweight denim - no adaptions - it was hideous - looked like a maternity smock! It hung off my boobs at the front, my shelve of an bottom at the back... I looked like Mamma Cass from the Mammas and Pappas! I had visions of everyone asking me when I was due and wasn't I brave having a baby at my time of life ! I was in tears, had a major paddy and temper tantrum... my husband tried to make me feel better with all the wrong words... all I could think was thank god I hadn't used the good fabric. The dress sat in a corner, in a heap for a few hours... then I remembered the dress you had showed me and checked your web page for the adaptions ! I set about the dress with pins, shortening the pleat at the front to under my bust, and taking out the pleat at the back... made a mental note of how much longer I'd need the sleeves and length. It could just work ... well it did! And I made a slight adaption of my own to the neckline, I hate interfacings, so I made a 1cm stand up collar, in matching fabric ...almost mandarin.
I road tested the dress in February at wedding number 1, I made a bed jacket from boiled wool using the Big Easy Top pattern as a guide to go with it.
At wedding number 2 - my best friends - i had to go all out - for one day only ! I revamped a hat id had for 20 years sitting in a hat box, using some spare dress fabric, feathers and vintage buttons not forgetting my trusty glue gun.. that worked too... i was on a roll, I remembered some of your Instagram blogs of how you accessorised outfits , one of my two pairs of high heals are sequined sling backs. I found a matching bag on the net and the necklace I'd made some years ago using vintage buttons and pearls. I didn't want to ruin the look with a cardi so I found a lovely shawl. I even fake tanned exposed body parts... I looked like a girl ! I had a great day , felt a million dollars , and didn't need the emergency safe outfit sitting in the boot of the car! The dress will be making a 3rd airing in October for Wedding no3.
However my tale doesn't stop there, I liked the way I felt in the dress so much, I've made 2 more 1x linen 1x chambray, and have a 4th in progress... I wear these with converse or my trusty Birkenstocks but I always get complements! I was thinking of a 5th until the magazine arrived and saw the Relaxed Gather Dress pattern ... so I'm saving that fabric for a while...
This is a top made from the Maker's Atelier 'Pleat Detail' pattern. The pattern was a dream to sew up. It came together beautifully. I did extend the front pleat by five inches as suggested for anyone with a larger chest and will do this again as it was a success. The material is a light weight cotton gingham with soft drape that worked well. I wore the top with a pair of 1950’s silver and gold clip-on earrings, teamed with my trusty fan as it was a warm day. I felt at ease in this top and that is always an assurance of a well drafted pattern. Is there any wonder that I'm hooked on everything that comes out of the Maker's Atelier?
Here is the Maker's Atelier Pleat Detail Dress. As with the top, detailed above, this was a joyful experience following the well drafted pattern. I actually made the dress first and made the top two days later. That says it all really. As I mentioned I did drop the front pleat by five inches, leaving the back pleat as designed. It worked well and was a very simple adjustment. I wore this casually at the weekend to a friend's BBQ with simple jewellery by Jacqueline Steiger along with a trusty fan, to ward off the occasional flush. I got compliments on my dress! Yay .... what a bonus. Oh, almost forgot, the fabric is a lightweight lapis blue cotton jacquard with lovely soft drape. Both fabrics were from Fabworks in Dewsbury.
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