#115 Softly Pleated Dress
#115 Softly Pleated Dress

#115 Softly Pleated Dress

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The Softly Pleated Dress is a feminine and figure flattering style that gives a nice waistline illusion - or "essence of waist" - and hides any hip and tummy "scallops". This style is a lesson in proportion - the dress looks great on a wide variety of figures when the waistline, soft pleats and skirt width are in the proper places - and Pamela's Patterns will show you how it's accomplished! The neckline features a choice of high scoop or square styles. Multiple sleeve options, including cap, three quarter, long and ruched make this dress seasonless. Made from a knit fabric, it is easy and fast to construct on a sewing machine or serger.

Pamela's Patterns are designed with the most common fit alterations built right in - high round back, forward shoulder, full bust option, extra hip/tummy room, and a great fit in the neck and shoulder.

This pattern is available as a paper pattern or digital download. The digital download includes both the PAH / Print At Home and A0 / Copy Shop Formats. For digital printing guidelines and help, click here.


Suggested Fabrics:Good quality knit fabric including polyester, rayon, blends with lyrca, ponte or sweater knits.

Tip:Stretch the fabric to make sure it snaps back to the original length. If it doesn't, don't use it!

Fabric Required:2-1/3 yd. of 60" wide fabric

  • Good quality polyester thread
  • Knit Stay Tape (neckline & Waistline)
  • Woven Stay Tape (shoulders)
  • Double Sided Fusible Stay Tape (hem)
  • 8" piece of Fantastic Elastic (ruched sleeve, optional)

How to Shorten an Armhole and True a Pattern

Stay Tape Application for Knits

Proportion Check

Sleeve Ruching