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.