lucky dress part 2: scoop detail

So let’s get going on the scoop detail. If you want to keep it simple and just have flat fabric and some buttons maybe, then skip to the bottom where I show how to attach it to the dress. If you want to be crazy and try something kinda fun, read on!

For my size bib-I cut a piece of material 18″x7″-this worked just right for me. My bib pattern is about 6″x6.5″.

I have no idea what these pleats are called. Or if they even have a name. If I invented them, that would be so cool. Doubtful that I did, but still, would be cool!

So first I folded it in half width wise and ironed it. Then I sewed down the ironed edge, using my presser foot as my guide. (with matching thread)

(next pic is further along but will show you this step)

Then I used my handy dandy chopstick to help me open the seam and press it flat with my iron. (scaly hands! look out for reptilia lady!)

So it’ll look like this.

Peek under to see the seam.

Then I measured from the middle of the pleat thingy, and marked one inch.

Folded the material over at the mark…

Check on both ends to make sure it’s as exact as possible.

Then sewed down that side too.

It got quicker as I did one on both sides instead of one at a time. (usually does, right?)

 Then when I had made enough pleat thingys to cut out my pattern from, I ironed the heck out of it-and used some spray starch for good measure.

 I then cut out my pattern piece. Pretty,  no?

Then I opened some bias tape, pinned it around the curve, and sewed it on.

Then flipped it around, and then pinned it to the front piece, with the bias tape tucked underneath.

Then I sewed around the bib (slowly and carefully!)

Next: Putting the dress together!


  1. Wow! I love all of the things that you make! You inspire me! Could you do a post on how you find time and what time of day you do all of your projects? I’m really curious about how you do it all.

  2. Boy o boy! Those pleaty thingys are tricky! I still can’t get mine to lay flat, when I sew one, I mess up the one next to it. But, I sewed it onto my dress anyways. I think my fabric choice has something to do with it (I don’t know what it is made up of entirely-cotton and?).
    Thanks for the tutorial, I am eagerly waiting for the next steps.

  3. The pleats are so beautiful and such a unique touch. It doesn’t look as difficult as I thought it would be. I might try this on a pillow. Great instructions, Jess!

  4. I actually meant to say when I “iron” one I mess up the nearby ones, not “sew” one. : )

  5. Thanks Jess. I love this technique.

  6. Thank you so much for all the great tutorials! I’m new at sewing and I always look at your blog for inspiration(and all of my “one day crafts”). I just wanted to make sure you knew that I really appreciate what you do!


  7. 3 things: love this dress!
    i’m your newest follower
    AND please come link this up to MMM!

  8. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this dress!!! That pleated scoop bodice is fab! I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:


  9. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [01 Apr 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  10. Hi!
    I referenced your scoop detail instructions and made my daughter a Minnie Mouse dress. Thank you! You can see the dress here!

  11. I was wondering how the pleats stand up to washing and drying? I was thinking that maybe they might come undone. Has that happened to anyone that has made them and washed it? I made these types of pleats on an apron once and the pattern had me sew down both sides of each pleat. I love how they look and I wouldn’t want all my hard work to get ruined!!

  12. @Tricia, my pleats have stood up fine to washing and drying. :)

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