Inspiration: Three Pleats to the Wind


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I’ve had this vintage dress on one pin board or another for years.  I love almost everything about it.  Those pleats are perfect and give such a nice tailored touch to the overall look.


I also love these little jackets that come with so many vintage dress patterns and I wanted that look for my pattern as well.  I made sure that the bodice just peeked out under the pleated overlay to give the illusion of a jacket without the fuss of sewing a whole other piece.

Unlike the original inspiration, I chose to give my pattern a button back since I decided on an easy fit, but in keeping with the vintage vibe, I chose to use facings instead of a full lining.

Floral Vintage dress

Three Pleats to the Wind has a full gathered semicircle skirt to gives that vintage silhouette and balance out the pleated top.  I think the little set in sleeves give the perfect touch to the dress.

Pleated overlay on button back with short sleeves pdf pattern

  • Floral Fabric – Hobby Lobby
  • Pattern- Duchess and Hare Three Pleats to the Wind (releasing March 15)
  • Hat – Gymboree (several years ago)
  • Shoes – Zulily

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