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How to Make a Bodice with Pintuck Pleats

How to Make a Bodice with Pintuck Pleats

November 8, 2014 6:43 pm0 comments


cherry dress 1


DSCF9241You can easily add a little texture to any bodice by using pintuck pleats.  There is no need to alter the pattern.  Here is how:

Step 1:  Unfold fabric and press flat.  Mark evenly spaced lines lengthwise down the wrong side of fabric.  (Tip: A gingham print makes this easy)  I spaced my lines for this dress 1″ apart.  You will need to make the pleated area at least as wide as the bodice pattern you are using, plus a couple inches.

Step 2:  Fold along each line, wrong sides together, and press.

Step 3:  Stitch close to each fold, in a 1/8″ seam.  I used red thread to accent the red cherries.


Step 4:  Find the center two pleats.  The center of your bodice will be halfway between these.  Press all pleats away from center.  So, those on the right will be pressed to the right, and the those on the left pressed to the left.

Step 5:  Now it is time to place your bodice pattern on top of the pleated fabric and cut it out.  Make sure the bodice center lines up between the center two pleats.


Step 6:  Your bodice front is now ready to be sewn into the pattern following the pattern directions!  You can add pintuck pleats to the bodice back too using the same technique.



Coming soon:  Check back soon for the pattern and instructions on how to make this cherry dress.


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