Instead of gathers, I made pleats because the fabric has a certain French Marie-Antoinette vibe that was screaming “please, pleat me”, but also, I absolutely love Watteau pleats. I want Watteau pleats ever since I saw Fanny Ardant turn in her Franca Squarciapino designed purple coat in the movie Colonel Chabert. Now that was an exit!
And The Winner Is…
Me! I do have a neat new dress.
And Anthea, who will be receiving a size 14 pattern.
In fact, I will make this dress again and will make the pleats historically accurate so the back looks more like Petit Main Sauvage’s Watteau.
Everybody should be able to make a grand exit once in their lifetime.