How to Draft a Pleated Bodice

Bodice with 4 pleats and circle skirt sewn by Flock of Cupcakes

Learn how to modify an existing pattern to include pleats.

I’ll show you in this video how to modify the Every Which Way Bodice to include 3 pleats on the front like the Well Dressed Wolf Innocence dress.

I’ve also included a mini circle skirt pattern piece which you can download below. This file is layered for your convenience but it is not labeled. Sizes are 9M, 18M, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 6x, 7, 8, 9, 10 just like Every Which Way. This pattern is designed to hit above the knee like Runaround. Measure the pattern piece and add it to the bodice to determine if it’s the right length for you.


Learn how to add pleats to any bodice.
Pleated bodice using tutorial above.

The skirt is a basic circle skirt but it’s split in half and sewn down the sides so you can use a directional print. Sew it up following the instructions for the basic every which way skirt, including the placket. Hem as desired 1/2” hem is included.

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