Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Refashioned Christmas Dress AFTER

I LOVE ruffles! I love how they add a sweet bit of femininity and texture to something that would otherwise be quite ordinary and plain. I've seen dresses similar to this...

By Lirola and got inspired!

So, I decided to refashion my girls' Christmas dresses to make them unique and not so ordinary. Here's what I came up with...

Here's how you recreate it:

Coordinating thread
Rotary blade & Mat

Step 1
Cut 2 lengths (44 inches) of satin 7 inches wide

Sew the lengths together. Now you have one long strip 7" X 88" or so.
Sew right sides together to form a tube.

Turn the tube right side out.
Iron flat on low heat with seam in the middle of the tube.

Step 2
Sew a long running stitch along the entire length of your fabric.
*Use your middle seam as a guide. This doesn't have to be perfect since it will be all gathered - hiding any mistakes.
*If you're not sure how to do this. See here for a tutorial on ruffle making.
Pull top threads on both sides to gather your ruffle.

Step 3
Place ruffle along your decided place (pin if you hate constantly adjusting finicky satin).
Start at the back and turn your ruffle under at the back opening.

Topstitch around the bodice.
Cut the end when you reach the back and turn under. Stitch end piece in place.


This idea can be applied to sweaters, tee shirts, skirts, anything at all! Happy ruffle-ing!

1 comment:

  1. Very cute! I'm thinking of refashioning Lily's dress too except with a strip of black velvet around the waist over red plaid :)