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DIY off the shoulder pleat dress

When it comes to this off the shoulder craze, I’ve been all in for the last two years.  It’s one of the most flattering silhouettes that every woman can pull off.

This dress was made using a stretch cotton found here at moodfabrics.com it’s a woven that’s medium weight with a very nice drape that would also look great on a fitted application.

The pattern used for this dress was vintage Butterick 5975 view A with the following pattern alterations.

-Added 6″ to the width of the front and back pattern piece

-Added 10″ to the length

-Added fit pleats to the center back and front

-Cut the ruffle one size smaller



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  1. Nikki
    July 11, 2016 / 3:45 pm

    I’ve been waiting for this one. Nikki please tell me…what shoulder width ratio did you use ? It seems that the ruffle piece is not as gathered as most off the shoulder designs. I think the dress looks more classy this way.

    • Nikki
      July 11, 2016 / 8:23 pm

      Thank you for reminding me……..I actually cut the ruffle one size smaller so I can have less of a gather.

  2. July 12, 2016 / 2:11 am

    Love the pleats you added to the dress! Beautiful!!

  3. Ebony
    July 12, 2016 / 7:07 pm

    This is beautiful! You have inspired me to begin sewing and I’m excited about it! Question: how many yards of fabric did this dress require?

    • Nikki
      July 12, 2016 / 11:19 pm

      Thank you so much Ebony……..I can’t remember the exact yardage I used but I purchased 2 yards and I had a decent amount left.

  4. July 16, 2016 / 3:33 am

    This is lovely. I downloaded your PDF off the shoulder top and planning to give it a try. Looking forward to your pattern launch. Congratulations!

  5. Irene
    September 16, 2016 / 4:46 pm

    Hi, I live in the netherlands and was just looking to buy the pattern online, but this isn’t easy.. If it is not possible to by what are my options for getting these vintage patterns?
    love Irene

    • Nikki
      September 19, 2016 / 5:54 pm

      Hi Irene

      I purchase many of my vintage patterns on Etsy. Most Etsy sellers ship Internationally, just make sure you email them prior to purchasing for a shipping quote.

  6. Karmeisa
    February 14, 2017 / 12:30 am

    Hi I am a huge fan of your work. I love how my you transform a pattern into something new and improved. I have a few quick questions about this darling dress you made. I recently found and bought the pattern that you used to make this dress but my questions are (1) When you say you added 6″ to the width of the dress does that mean 3″ on each side or 6″on each side? (2) Where did you start to add the 6″ inches…at the top where the neck is and then continued going down added the extra width or where the waist starts and going down with adding the extra width?

    Thank you for inspiring me….

    • Nikki
      February 21, 2017 / 11:06 pm

      Thank you so much!
      I added 3″ to each side starting at the top of the pattern and continued down to the bottom.

      • Karmeisa
        February 24, 2017 / 11:41 am

        Thank you Thank you so much!!!!!! Away to the sewing machine I go. I hope I can pull it off!!!!