Blue/Purple Ruffle Dress
Added Oct 1, 2010
Brooklyn, New Yo...
I fell in love with this flower/abstract print fabric immediately! I made the ruffle first and then designed a simple dress so as not to overpower the colors and patterns of the fabric. Fortunately I ended up not needing to use a pattern for this project.It was super simple! The ruffle took the most time….first i sewed on the midnight blue chiffon trim (attached it to the back of the fabric, then folded and ironed it to the front and then folded it again so it extended below the end of the ruffle, i then folded it a number of times to create a hem) then i gathered a strip of the fabric…then created bias tape with the chiffon and sewed it across the gathers of the ruffle. Then for the body of the dress I cut a square of the fabric (measuring about three or four inches more than my hip width). Next I cut a piece of chiffon measuring from my waist to about one inch below the fabric piece. Then i made an elastic casing which i sewed inside the dress along with the chiffon underlay. For the top of the dress I basically just cut out areas of the fabric for the arms and head…I then gathered the back and front of the dress and finished all the edges with bias tape. I then inserted the elastic and finished everything with french seams. I attached the ruffle all along the back of the dress and in two places on the front (so that it would drape down, exposing the gathers in front). The ruffle also served as shoulder straps.
I believe the fabric is rayon, and I made the trim on the ruffle and the underlay of the dress out of a gauzy chiffon.