We asked our super-maker Juud V Hooijdonk to share a selection of her amazing versions of the Box Pleat Dress Pattern. We feel so inspired when we’ve managed to create a sewing pattern that you love so much that you keep using it again and again. And again.
Juud about The Box Pleat Dress Pattern
Why do you love the Box Pleat Dress?
I love the it because of its 60’s vibe. The dress has a perfect fit for me, the cut of this dress is impeccable, and the high-low hemline is my favorite hemline EVER!
Any tip for other makers?
I would say that the choice of fabric is crucial for the look of this dress. For me, soft linen is the first choice because of the casual and drapey look it gives the dress. If I want the dress to have a more sculptural look, I use a stiffer fabric, such as shirting cotton or poplin.
Photo Tutorial by Juud
Don’t miss the helpful photo tutorial for the Box Pleat Dress that Juud has uploaded to TAL Sewing Community on Facebook.
Box Pleat Dresses
Latest Box Pleat Dress: The Purple Needlecord Version
I’ve lost track of how many Box Pleat Dresses I’ve made. Keep coming back to this fabulous, unique, and utmost comfortable pattern.
No alterations what so ever on this one. Fabric is a very comfy stretch needlecord from Polytex stoffen, bought at Stof&Wol.
The Retro Version
“Found this retro jersey fabric online and immediately thought that it would make a fabulous Box Pleat Dress.
The jersey makes the dress and sleeves very drapey and gives the outfit an elegant feel. “
Box Pleat Tunics and Tops
The Top Version
“Here I shortened the Box pleat dress to a top, with a straight hem. I think it works really well as a top. Fabric is green linen.”
The Top With Bib Version
“Another oh-so-comfortable Box Pleat Dress shortened to a top.
For variation’s sake, I did a little bib on the front. Fabric is a very soft, gorgeous linen.”
The Box Pleat Tunic
“Another shortened Box Pleat Dress – this time to a tunic-length. Here I kept the glorious high-low hem.”
Fabulous Hacks and Mashups
The Triple Puff Version
“For variation, I changed the sleeves on this version. I made a triple puff sleeve with the instructions from the bonus sleeve guide from Behind Shapes of Fabric. Made in my beloved linen.”
The Cuff Top Mashup Version
“For this make, I decided to merge the cuff top pattern and the box pleat dress pattern into one dress.
Why do you ask? Well, I love the cuffs from the cuff top and the pleat and the hemline from the box pleat dress. I did box pleats on both back and front, because why not?”
Fabulous! Thank you. I am planning on cutting one today from a beige linen with a lovely embroidered detail in coral. This is a super comfy dress and great in hot weather (like we have now in New Zealand), and in winter with a skivvy, tights, and boots. Thanks for the inspo – cuff top sleeves are a brilliant idea.