Pattern Review: BWOF Pleated Front Dress

13 Jun

In general I’m happy with the dress. It’s a little Talbots for me, but I love the eyelet and I love the pleats on the front. But, I think my alterations made it look a little ‘young’. I just want to give another big thanks to Dawn and Debbie who walked me through my sloped shoulder alteration.

I’m going to make up the shirt version this fall. And I definitely want to make this up sleeveless.

A full review is on

** Also, sorry if my photos, etc are not lined up very well. I post at home from a MAC and it looks entirely different on my work PC. Not sure if it’s the difference in computer screens or resolutions.

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24 Responses to “Pattern Review: BWOF Pleated Front Dress”

  1. Gaylen June 13, 2007 at 14:50 #

    I think the dress looks great! I love the embroidery on the skirt and the tucks on the bodice. g

  2. Vonne June 13, 2007 at 15:02 #

    Love it Cidell !!! The colour, fabric choice and style make this very trendy.

  3. Adrienne June 13, 2007 at 17:26 #

    LOVE the fabric you picked. Very nice!

  4. toya June 13, 2007 at 17:44 #

    this came out really good

  5. Erica B. June 13, 2007 at 18:34 #

    That dress is so cute and I love the fabric!

  6. Nancy W. June 13, 2007 at 19:20 #

    I love, love love this dress. I have already purchased fabric and trim to make the blouse version, but am trying to finish the “swap” first.

  7. Tany June 13, 2007 at 20:28 #

    You look fabulous! This dress suits you so well! Wow!

  8. dawn June 13, 2007 at 20:43 #

    Wow, you’ve really done a great job with this. I love the style, the fabric, the color, and the fit on you. the shoulders are fantastic!

    I’m so glad it’s short sleeved. I don’t know why I thougth it’d be long sleeves.


  9. LauraM June 13, 2007 at 21:49 #

    I don’t think it looks young at all, I think it is very nice consersative look, with a feminine side with the eyelet & pleats. The fit turned out fabulous!

  10. narcissaqtpie June 13, 2007 at 23:34 #

    Wow. Your dress collection is amazing from what I’ve seen so far. I like this one, It’s cool, girly & summery.

  11. Kathleen C. June 14, 2007 at 00:15 #

    Wonderful, wonderful! It looks great! And though I think I see what may be making you feel the look is “young” it doesn’t read that way on you. It reads as a flattering, fun, cute and classy dress.

  12. Carolyn (cmarie12) June 14, 2007 at 00:18 #

    I really like the dress. I like all of the elements in the dress but I especially like the fabric. I saw that fabric at Metro and couldn’t imagine what to do with it…love what you “saw” in it! BTW, I really like the shoes!

  13. Kim June 14, 2007 at 00:54 #

    I’m delurking to tell you that your dress is lovely. Conservative yet with a touch of whimsy, not at all too young. You look great in it too.

  14. christina June 14, 2007 at 02:47 #

    Gorgeous!! I think this is possibly my favorite “BWTF by Cidell” piece. The style is perfect for showcasing the eyelet fabric. The length is just right and I love the neckline. I understand what you mean when you say you worry it is too Talbots, but I could imagine something like this from Marc Jacobs as well. Here’s to the summer of dresses!

  15. Anonymous June 14, 2007 at 03:01 #

    Cute, fresh, tailored-yet-feminine. Well done!!

  16. Marisa June 14, 2007 at 03:44 #

    Fabulous job! It looks fantastic.

  17. Elaray June 14, 2007 at 09:47 #

    Wonderful! The dark buttons are definitely better! And sometimes Talbot’s is just what you need!

  18. Katrin June 14, 2007 at 11:40 #

    Hello Cidell,

    I just found your blog today. The dress is wonderful and looks gorgeous on you.
    May I insert a link to your blog on my page ?

    Regards, Katrin

  19. Pirouette1196 June 14, 2007 at 13:04 #

    OMG! How gorgeous! Beautiful details and color. You are very talented.

  20. Linda June 14, 2007 at 16:08 #

    I love the dress. And you did a great save on the fabric tear. Now you can be prouder about your work. Because IMO, once you face a sewing situation like this and solve it so perfectly, you have moved beyond sewing for fun. You faced a potential disaster and triumphed! Congratulations.

  21. Mardel June 14, 2007 at 20:26 #

    I love the dress and it looks fabulous on you, not at all Talbots. I am also really amazed at what you saw in that fabric. (I have it too, but never imagined anything as fabulous as your dress) With your great ability to envision the final product and fix disasters like the fabric I think are ready for almost anything.

  22. Elaray June 15, 2007 at 23:23 #

    I saw this dress on the BurdaEnglish Group home page! You’re famous!


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