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DIY Dress + Pleated Bell Sleeves

DIY Dress + Pleated Bell Sleeves

Hola Chicas,

I have been extremely absent lately.  Absent from sewing, posting and all things in between.

I think I go through periods of time where I obsess about different things and then when I’m done, I obsess about something new… my recent obsession consists of catching back up on old Game of Thrones seasons.  Over the last few weeks, I’ve watched seasons 1 -3 and I’m so into it, I plan on re-watching all other seasons.  It’s pretty bad.

I come home from work, eat dinner with my family, catch up on other projects that I’m working on & then I watch GOT, sleep and do it all over again.  I’ve even cut out my reality shows!!

v8840 DIY Dress with Pleated Bell Sleeve


Today’s post is all about sewing on trend.

The Bell Sleeve Obsession.

V8840 DIY Dress with Pleated Bell Sleeves

A new staple pattern that I’ve been using to make dresses is Vogue V8840.  You can see other variations of this pattern HERE & HERE.

The fabric choice is from Mood Fabrics, a Cotton-Poly Jacquard that sews up very easily, with no issue of fraying.  This material has a slight stretch that works well for dress-wear.

V8840 DIY Dress with Pleated Bell Sleeves

To convert this top into a dress, I made the following alterations:

  • Added 2.5′ to the sleeve length
  • Added 10′ to the length of both front/back bodice pieces
  • Added a facing for the neckline
  • Added darts to either side of the center back seam, to create a sheath shaping

V8840 DIY Dress with Pleated Bell Sleeves

To create the Pleated Sleeves:

  • Cut 5′ x 32′ to create the box pleats and then cut off the excess once I matched the seams to the sleeve length

V8840 DIY Dress with Pleated Bell Sleeves

I added a hook & eye to close the ends of the neckline by handstitching in place after added in the facing.  I hemmed the sleeves and the bottom of the dress and viola!  That was it.

V8840 DIY Dress with Pleated Bell Sleeves

I love the effect that darts can have!  This was actually pretty boxy until I used darts to pull in the sides and it gave this such a cute shape.

V8840 Pleated Bell Sleeve Dress

V8840 DIY Dress with Pleated Bell Sleeves

Until next time…..



  1. Michelene
    July 21, 2016 / 11:03 AM

    Look at you! Super cute dress & great job!

    • afashionaddict
      July 21, 2016 / 11:28 AM

      Thank you, Michelene!


  2. July 21, 2016 / 11:25 AM

    Love this dress! The Pleated sleeves looks great!

    • afashionaddict
      July 21, 2016 / 11:30 AM

      Thank you, Brittany! 🙂

  3. July 22, 2016 / 7:40 AM

    Love this dress!!! I believe I need this in my closet! Now where are the darts? I can’t even tell!

    • afashionaddict
      July 22, 2016 / 8:19 AM

      Hi Shawn,

      Thank you!😚
      The darts are in the back, in between center back and side seams. Luckily, the fabric is quite busy so they’re hidden. Even with a close up, you can’t see them!

      Thanks so much for leaving your thoughts!


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