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

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Tutorial: DIY Box Pleats

After such a great response to the recent posts showcasing my box pleats, I decided to make a REALLY quick video tutorial on how to start box pleats.

This video will show you how to start the process, I can also show you the next steps if you’d like, but I wanted to get the bulk of this ‘How To’ demonstrated first.

Please note: I did not choose the best fabric for this video. I would definitely such a slightly more stable fabric. You can see more about my fabric suggestions in this post.

Instructions to Follow:

  1. Measure your desired length.
  2. Place your 1st pin 2 cm, or 5/8 in from your edge.
  3. Place a 2nd pin 1 inch away from the same edge. This is actually your first pin used for pleating.
  4. All remaining pins (until you reach your desired length) is 2 inches apart.
  5. Once all pins have been placed, start at your 1st pin (see #2) and skip the next pin. You will grab the 3rd pin and match your 1st and 3rd pins together.
  6. Pin your fabric together.
  7. Continue this until your desired length is met.
  8. Repeat step #1, this time it will be against the other end of the fabric.

I hope watching this was helpful.  Next time, I promise to at least talk you thru the steps!!  (technical difficulties :()

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Please let me know your thoughts below and if you decide to try box pleats, I wanna see!!!!

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Until next time,




V8998 with Pleated Skirt

It’s Dressmaking Time!

With midi skirts plastered all over Pinterest, I’ve been wanting to incorporate this look into a dress too… The circle skirt is such a great look for Spring and Summer months.  It’s feminine and versatile.

See the look!


Sew The Look!

With this look in mind, I brought Vogue Pattern 8998 out from hiding.  I first made this dress last summer for my trip to NYC.


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I found some scrap fabric in my stash – a cream colored woven rayon blend for the bodice.  For the waistband and skirt, I used a knit suiting fabric with tribal print.

Pattern Alterations:

  • Self drafted the skirt by adding 8 box pleats,
  • Added pockets to the side seams, using Vogue 8909 pocket pattern,
  • Added a 25′ exposed zipper to the back seam,
  • Rolled Hem,
  • Removed 8′ from the length of the skirt,
  • Lined the bodice & waistband with the same fabric as exterior &
  • Removed the skirt lining.

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V8998 with Pleated Skirt

V8998 with Pleated Skirt

I am in complete LOVE with box pleats and the volume they give!!  Click here to see my first skirt.
V8998 with Pleated Skirt

Pattern Review:

Since I’ve tried this pattern before, it was much easier the 2nd time around.  The bodice can get a little tricky to new sewists, when joining the front bodice to the back bodice at the shoulders.   This pattern does have some slipstitching involved as well.   I definitely struggled with this the first time around, but after more experience it wasn’t that bad.

Please Note:  Vogue/McCall Pattern Company categorizes this pattern as easy, which is different from very easy and in my opinion is more intermediate than beginner/very easy – for those that aren’t too familiar with picking patterns according to how companies scale them.

vogue easy

Are the instructions easy to follow?

  • Yes.

Tip:  If you’re ever working with several pattern pieces (typical of garments with linings), I would suggest that you assemble all major pieces together, while you’re working through the steps.  For example – bodice, bodice lining; skirt, skirt lining & then attach per directions.  This is a strategy I use to cut down on time spent.

Will I make this pattern again?

  • I may use this pattern to make another replica of my look again.  I love the pleated skirt and the fullness it gives.

Overall, V8998 is such a classic pattern and is a great feature to any wardrobe.

Adjusting patterns & making them into your own is a great way to explore your creative side and test yourself as a designer.  It can be challenging, but so rewarding!

Please let me know what you think of this look below!   A video on how I make box pleats is coming soon!


Box Pleated Midi Skirt

As you can see,  A Fashion Addict has gone through some serious cosmetic changes.  A face lift!  Take a few minutes to take a look around & check out the new features.  My hope is that you can find everything you’re looking for with ease & more importantly, want to come back for more 🙂

My current & latest obsession is box pleats!! I like the structured look that it adds, especially to skirts. They’re easy to create and there’s no pattern needed.  Even better, right?

Here’s the look that inspired me…

pleated leather

Shop the look:  Sacks Fifth Ave  $495 Pleated Leather Skirt

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