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Sew a gorgeous knit pleat-front dress for spring and summer

Ann Siegle

Dresses are just about the easiest outfit to style and wear, and the Pleat Front Dress is no exception. You can make this dress in any sleeve length - from long sleeves, to 3/4, elbow or even sleeveless and wear it all year round! Let's explore the knit Pleat Front Dress for spring and summer.

Spring's variable temperatures mean you might be shivering in the morning and soaking up the sun in the afternoon. The Pleat Front Dress can be made with 3/4 or elbow-length sleeves and looks fabulous under the Christine Jonson Moto Jacket for cooler mornings. It also looks great under the cropped version of the  Double Collar Princess Jacket and under the knee-length version of the Easy Coat. 

If you're going south, or you're already in warm spring weather headed to summer, try the Pleat Front Dress made sleeveless. Like most Christine Jonson Patterns that are sleeveless, the bodice is fully lined, including the armscyes, meaning you do not have to hem or face these and they come out perfect every time! The sleeveless version will take you through all of summer's heat, as the pleated, gracefully wider skirt floats away from the body. 

Styling the Pleat Front Dress couldn't be easier! In the cooler months, you can wear leggings with booties or tights and boots, and in the summer, you can slip on a wedge or strappy flat sandal and be out the door in moments. We love the Pleat Front Dress in ITY knit prints - ITY is easy to sew, holds a press well, and comes in gorgeous prints. But we also love the dress in rayon/lycra solids for summer's heat. Try it in an Athletic Brushed Poly for a wicking sleeveless summer dress that you can wear over a swim suit or over luxe sneakers as you ride your bicycle. 

The Pleat Front Dress looks fabulous on everyone - the pleats are up high under the bust, the V is moderate coverage, and the skirt floats over the hips, while accentuating the narrower ribcage that most women feature. If you're concerned about windy days on a bicycle with a fuller skirt, make the fun and functional Body Shaper. The Body Shaper is a unique design and construction that holds you in, but doesn't leave ripples or bumps like making "short leggings" would. 

In these photos Xiaoyi wears the Pleat Front Dress with loafers and styles it with a coat and bag for a chic look. You can also go casual with strappy sandals and a sun hat, or sneakers. 

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