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    Mar 29, 2011, 10.31 AMby Sallee

    Hi Shadkitty, i am so glad you worked out the step. sorry, it is so hard to explain, as i am not familiar with any terminology at all! anyways, as for how to put it together….

    for the ruffles, you will need two ring-like pieces per shoulder strap. i sewed the two pieces facing together at their widest ends with a tiny 3mm seam to the underside of the fabric. Then i just folded the seam to one side then sewed a stitch along it to make it stay flat. It looks ok with the stitch showing as long as your thread is the same colour as your fabric. You’l need to fold over the outer edges – i did mine about 2-3mm then use your smallest zigzag all the way along to sew a baby hem.

    I folded the strap pieces in (if you unfold after ironing, you will see four segments) to create a semi-thin strap, then I just pulled the ruffle piece on either end, tucked it into the open side of the strap and sewed after securing with pins or basting.

    As for the closure, i just used an invisible zip at the back, so when you put the top together i suggest you leave the back till last. And i have not made it too clear on the instructions, but the skirt piece is obviously doubled together for the front and used as two separate pieces for the back, with their own seam allowances for the side seams and the zipper in the middle. Sorry if its a bit confusing!

    I hope this helps, and yes please i would REALLY love to see the end results, as I was very excited to have found a way to somehow make myself a custom pattern and would really love to see if it works for you and other people too! :)