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Michaela Richmond
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« on: February 24, 2017, 03:43:48 PM »

Ok, I've been scratching my head on this and can't seem to visualize the answer...
I would like to make a dress with a smooth yoke and the lower part of the bodice pleated. I was thinking you could just take your fitted toilet and slash and spread for the lower section...

But since you don't have darts how do you accommodate your torso shaping? (I mean to get the bodice to fit and the pleats to still look nice as the bodice tapers down for your waist) Would the pleats need to be a different width at the top (near the yoke) than the bottom (near the waistband). Or do the pleats look even on the outside, but are wonky on the inside?

I feel like there's got to be a simple solution, but right now I just can't seem to make it work in my head  Tongue Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2017, 06:30:21 PM »

You can definitely use your base bodice pattern and slash and spread the bottom section. The trick is that you will still make a darted lining and put your pleats in to fit over that. I would probably make the outside of the pleats look even and take out more on the inside of the pleat to match your darted lining.
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