This was my Week 2 dress for Shwin&Swhin's Project Toddler Runway. For this A Flower In Your Hair week, we were given a flower headpiece as an inspiration. My flower was a beautiful yellow with a green center and a little rhinestone accent. I didn't want to go literal with a yellow and green outfit, so my doodling was immediately drawn to green like a stem or a leaf. That brought me around to ruffles, and I wanted them to be soft and floaty, so jersey knit was a great candidate. Then I wanted to bring some linear details in like a stem, so the stitching on the top. I'm an Alpha Chi Omega and our flower is the carnation. We have a song called In a Little Red Carnation that has a line about "richly ruffled out of green". That song kept running through my head while I created it and hence the name - The Richly Ruffled Dress.
Richly Ruffled Dress
Skill Level - Confident beginner - intermediate
knit fabric - 1 yard, I used jersey
woven fabric - 1/2 yard was generous, I used linen
paper, scrap fabric, or pattern fabric
Dimensions given are for a 2T dress. Adjust measurements and fabric requirements accordingly to get desired size. Sew with a 3/8" or 1/2" seam allowance; keeping the same allowance throughout the project. I used a 1/2" seam allowance.
1. Cut strips. Using a rotary cutter and clear ruler, cut 1" strips the full width of the fabric. This is easiest to do by folding again in half so a 24" ruler can span the width. I cut 18 strips to have 9 rows on each side.
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