Collared dress with pleated sleeves

collared girl's dress


A dress for H to wear to a college friend’s wedding. I drafted the pattern using a simple bodice block and a large, gathered section for the skirt. The main dress is in a light blue chambray-style fabric. I used contrasting geometric print fabric for a pointed flat collar and piping at the waist. The sleeves were the kind I would use for a gathered sleeve but I attached them to the bodice with an inverted pleat at the shoulder creating a boxier shape to complement the sharp corners of the collar. I lined the bodice with cotton lawn to hide all the internal seams and I used an invisible zip at the back.

There was beautiful weather for the wedding which was in Herefordshire, hence the upgrade to the usual photo backdrop.

collared girl's dress

collared girl's dress sleeve pleat detail

collared girl's dress


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