Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Pleated Florals

Give me a squared neckline and I'm on board with a design; add to that a pleated bodice, throw in darted sleeves, and I definitely need that dress in my wardrobe.

This pattern from Daria Patternmaking doesn't take a massive amount of fabric, but it does require 2.5 yards of 55" wide fabric.  And since I was going to be testing this design, I didn't want to go searching for and spending more money on fabric.  Luckily, I had a queen size sheet set worth of this cotton print.

Which is not to say that this design wouldn't work in a more sturdy textile.

If the right fabric comes along, I would definitely think about making another version.

It might also be fun to raise the back neckline slightly so that the ribbon is not necessary to keep the shoulders in place to give the dress a different feel.

That would require a bit of fiddling with the shoulder yokes and the back of the dress, so who knows when I will get around to it, but it's on the rather long list of projects that lives rent free in my head.

But I'm not saying that I don't love that back bow, because I do!

I have re-discovered my love of white/off-white background prints in the last couple of years.  Because of my pasty skin, I often feel that white tones don't do me any favors.  But in this case, I think that there is enough color in those fabulous florals to make up for mine as well as the fabric's lack of pigment.

Because the print is pretty darn amazing!  I can't really decide if it's the design or the print that I love more; or maybe it's just the combination of both.

Dress:  Made by me, "Lily Dress" by Daria Patternmaking
Shoes:  Soludos Lace Up Espadrille
Necklace & Earrings:  Etsy


  1. What a beautiful dress! The print goes so well with the pattern, and your pink espadrilles are a perfect complement to the dress. Lovely work!

  2. Oh I've been waiting to see this on. As gorgeous as I thought. Looks wonderful on you. I also love your shoes. Oh to find fabric like that!