I posted this tutorial on my Facebook page a while ago. I just recently noticed that my explanation in the comment box had been hidden by so many other comments and questions so thought to put all here in one post. Follow the illustrations and explanations below to replicate this design.
(Picture 1) Plain paper
Imagine this is your fabric, now divide it into 2, make sure u have more than the actual length you need on both sides, actually twice the actual length because of the pleats in front.
Next, you pleat both sides separately
After your pleat, you should have this, also note that the pleats should be ironed with airstay at the back so it sits in place. You will need a lot of pins too.
Next, you join the two pleats together then shape out the bust waist and hip.
After joining the center front together and shaping out the bust waist and hip, the next stage is the 6 pieces part of the dress.
The 6 pieces part of the dress is cut in such a way that the sides are a continuation of the pleats which stop around the hip, while the center panel of the 6 pieces is joined to the pleats. This is why the joining is only in the front and not extended to the sides. Also, ensure that the panel at the circumference area of the dress is really wide, additional gordet will create extra fullness.
Note that it’s not a must you have the pleat effects at the back too as the back can just be plain 6 pieces cut.