How I made this simple outfit of a short gown with pleated hem and a basic sleeve for my friend
Greetings to you all on this beautiful day and I hope you all doing doing well, I wish you all a lovely weekend. As today being Saturday, some takes the opportunity to rest from the weekly activities they engaged in while some still have to go to work or work from home just to make ends meet.
Well, today, I will be sharing with you the making of this simple gown I made for my friend which is a short gown with pleat from the upper knee line to the full length and a basic sleeve at the armhole circumference.
In my previous post, I made a gown with inverted and a 2in1 sleeve for my sister's friend which was sewn for the anniversary of their cooperative society with a beautiful outcome, I never knew my friend Helen was part of the group until she brought her fabric for me to make a a simple outfit just as I did for my sister's friend.
Most people that are close to me that i make outfit for, so much trust me with their fabric that once they told me to make something nice for them without choosing a particular style, I will make sure I give them something they will eventually like, all they need do is just to tell me if the need it simple without spending much on it or for me to add extra applique to the outfit. On this particular dress, I was told to just make it simple which was exactly what I did.
Cutting and sewing process
This fabric was sewn with 2trouser of fabric of 45 by 60" for each trouser. The fabric was folded into two to cut out the front part, buy doing so, I marked out the shoulder, bust, waist, hip and upper knee line measurement where the pleat will start from, after which I made a basic dart from the bust point to the waistline and from the waistline to the hip line before cutting it out with the circumference measurement and seam allowance just as shown below.
The back was cut out also following the same way I cut I the front pattern but with zipper allowance at the back.
The remaining fabric was used to cut out a long piece to make a pleat which was measured from the upper knee line to the desired full length
All the pieces I cut out were sewn together by first sewing in the dart for the front and back before sewing the front and back together after which I used to cut out long piece to make pleat round the hem of the gown.
Finally, I used the remaining fabric to cut out a basic sleeve and sew it to the armhole circumference.
Just to make it look nice, I bought a velvet bias tape and sew it on the seam line to cover the joining of the pleat to the gown and I found out it was beautiful on it.