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Blue/Purple Ruffle Dress

Added Oct 1, 2010

by abiah88

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.

Material Notes

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.


Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Casual, Other, Romantic

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    Jan 31, 2012, 03.29 PMby Danielka Ta

    Absolutely gorgeous!

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    Nov 6, 2010, 12.27 AMby timtamz

    This dress is great I love the patterned fabric it really stands out!

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    Oct 5, 2010, 10.25 PMby yoly59

    Thank you Ilove this dress but can you send me the instructions on how to?

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    Oct 4, 2010, 01.15 AMby Natalia *

    Gorgeous fabric and great dress. I love it. Perhaps you could post instructions?

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      Oct 5, 2010, 07.56 PMby abiah88

      Thank you so much! I just added some instructions…i hope they help!!

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      Oct 8, 2010, 12.55 PMby Natalia *

      I haven’t been getting any notifications from Burda for a while now, but I just noticed that you posted some instructions. Thank you. I’ll have to try this out for next spring/summer.

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    Oct 4, 2010, 01.02 AMby nataliealdous

    simply beautiful! i love it so much ! perhaps you could put up some instructions or a pattern? xo

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      Oct 5, 2010, 07.55 PMby abiah88

      thank you so much! I tried to add some instructions…im afraid im not excellent at explaining the process but i hope it helps!

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    Oct 3, 2010, 08.30 AMby fabricaddict

    Your dress is absolutely beautiful! I love it and the colours are amazing

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    Oct 2, 2010, 04.25 PMby holasoylulu

    so beautiful!!!

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    Oct 2, 2010, 02.10 AMby marloncosta

    I really love the colors on this dress! It is so youthful and fresh! Congrats on such a beautiful piece!

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    Oct 1, 2010, 08.05 PMby Maile McLaurin

    love, love, love!

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    Oct 1, 2010, 04.27 PMby prairieponygirl

    incredible dress! Your pattern is beautiful! The fabric is the most wonderful fabric I have ever seen! A gorgeous Job! You look great in it too! And, I love the photos! :D

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    Oct 1, 2010, 03.14 PMby minnepolitan

    So impressive!

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    Oct 1, 2010, 01.02 PMby zickzack

    The colours seem to be shining!

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    Oct 1, 2010, 02.58 AMby junaluska

    The colors are gorgeous, and I really like the overall cut and shape of the dress!

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    Oct 1, 2010, 02.35 AMby Zane Tanqueco

    stunning! i love the print!

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    Oct 1, 2010, 01.56 AMby seinde

    beautiful neckline!

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