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Pleated Eleanor

A classic pleated dress is timeless. We’ve said it before, but we love the versatility of the Eleanor pattern, and this example with a pleated front is just one of the many examples.

Supplies 

Eleanor Children’s Corner pattern
Template for pleat 
Tracing paper 
Buttons – 6 

Cutting Instructions 

1. Use a pencil, and retrace the Eleanor dress front View B pattern piece, leaving 4” of tracing paper beyond the center front. 

2. Measure 3” beyond the center front line and draw a parallel line down the length of the dress. Label this line “place on fold.” Extend the hem to the new line by drawing a straight line. 

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3. Align the template with the neckline and the place on fold line. Trace the updated cutting line for the pleated version. 

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4. Using your new pattern piece, cut the dress front and the remaining pieces per the cutting instructions in the pattern. The dress front lining does not have a pleat.  

5. Transfer the center front line to the right side of the dress front fabric extending it 2 ½ - 3 ½” down. 

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6. With the dress front folded in half and wrong sides together, stitch down the center front line 2 ½" – 3 ½” down, backstitching at each end. Open the pleat, and press.  

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7. Baste the pleat in place around the neckline to hold the pleat in place.

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8. Continue with the Eleanor view B instructions.

9. Embellish with buttons after completion of construction. 

Adaptation by
Susan Whitman

Download the printable pdf instructions here: 

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