Get Thee to a Hobby Lobby!

Don’t walk, RUN to your nearest Hobby Lobby and pick up some of this . . .

. . . pre-ruffled knit fabric, now 50% off (was $13.99 US, now $7.00 US). The ruffle is built into the production of the fabric so that no one had to sew it themselves, in keeping with my anti-sweatshop stance, and it’s a lovely, casual fabric with a lot of stretch. AND they have it in pink, white, and black. The first thing I thought of when I saw it was this . . .

this . . .

and of course this . . .

I really couldn’t even wait twenty-four hours to make something from it. I used the technique for making a basic pillowcase dress, adding a jersey lining (since the ruffles are almost-just-might-be-but-not-quite see-through) and changing it up a little to accomodate the knit fabric. Freshly Picked has a good tutorial for pillowcase dresses. When you’re making one with your own fabric, rather than a pillowcase, you’ll need to sew the side seams and hem it yourself. If you’re using a knit, or that fabulous ruffle fabric, simply replace the bias tape with 2-inch strips of knit cut perpendicular to the grain, selvedge to selvedge (not on the bias as with woven fabrics); this makes a sort of thin ribbing. Iron it like you would bias tape, sew one side onto the front of your dress, right sides together and with raw edges even, stretching a little tiny bit as you go. Then, fold it over, pin, and topstitch through all layers, being careful to catch both the front and the back ribbing as you go. Voila!

I grabbed enough of the ruffle fabric to make my youngest a little dress as well. How cute will they be wearing their ruffles on vacation next week? Vacation?! Yikes! I’ve got WAY more sewing to do!


PS — If you haven’t entered my Fourth of July Giveaway (a $25 gift card to Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts), what are you waiting for?! You can still enter HERE.


16 Responses to “Get Thee to a Hobby Lobby!”

  1. 1 Andrea June 30, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    I wish I had a Hobby Lobby around! Great fabric!

  2. 2 Millie Green July 1, 2010 at 6:20 am

    wow, that is awesome fabric. I am not supposed to buy any for a while, though ๐Ÿ˜ฆ You picked the perfect project for it and she looks adorable. I love that you made firework shirts for your boys; those too look great. I am glad I found your blog and I look forward to being inspired more by your projects. Have a great day!

  3. 3 Tere July 1, 2010 at 7:23 am

    Adorable! Link up at It’s Party Time Thursday!

  4. 4 Larri @ Seams Inspired July 1, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Saw the fabric a HB and just didn’t know what to do with it. Guess I’ll be running over there today. Thanks for sharing. Happy Sewing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. 5 Melissa Howard July 2, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Super-cute. Alas – no Hobby Lobby’s in my vicinity.

  6. 6 pinksuedeshoe July 2, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    I am going today! That dress is adorable, the perfect thing for summer vacation!

  7. 7 beth July 2, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    what a cute dress and model!!

  8. 8 Carla July 2, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    How much fabric do you think I’ll need to make one for myself!! She rocks that dress!!

  9. 9 Rita E July 3, 2010 at 2:50 am

    This is awesome! Cute dress … what a deal! Too bad there are no HL where I live … boo hoo!

  10. 10 Andrea July 3, 2010 at 5:34 am

    That’s one happy girl there in her cute dress. Looks like a fun dress to make too..

  11. 11 carol July 3, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    No Hobby Lobby, but maybe online. I order online all the time.


  12. 12 Dayna July 6, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Oh my! This is great! I love, love, love it! I only wish I had a Hobby Lobby near me. (sigh) Soon. Very soon.

    Have a happy vacation!

  13. 13 Kristen July 7, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    This is so cute! Every girl needs a twirly dress.

  14. 14 Lance April 24, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    I just recently
    bought some high quality made in the usa clothing from American Love Affair
    .  I’m very surprise to find all their products
    is made in the USA on their online store.  They did a good
    jobs on finding many styles of women’s Top & dresses, designer
    handbags & body jewelry, and men’s tops and bottoms that are
    American made clothing.

  15. 15 November 21, 2014 at 12:06 am

    Goood post. I learn slmething totally new and challenging
    on sites I stumbleupon everyday. It will always
    bee helpful to ead throuh content from other writers and use something from their websites.

  16. 16 jack September 10, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm luv a couple of hours alone with her, that pretty little dress on my bedroom floor…..

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