Jazzing up another little dress
Leggy little goddaughter told me she wanted a drop waisted dress for Christmas after she found out I was making one for her cousin. Problem is, the kid’s ahead of the pattern trends. So the 9-year-old wants a cocktail dress. I’m just the girl to give her one.
This Butterick pattern was the closest I could find, and despite its name (Flirt Girl) it still isn’t exactly right.
I ended up adding some elastic where the waist should drop. Sewed the sash into the side seam so there’s a knot on the other side. But then the plain hem felt… flat.
The answer, once again: A ruffle.
Panne tends to curl, so it’s a pain to measure, press and hem. So instead, I doubled a width of the 60″ fabric and basted it, using a mark on my machine to sew it even.
Ended up with a uniform tube.
Trimmed the edges and pinned it all in place, starting at a half.
Then halved the half, pinning, until it was all pinned in place, a step I’d never skip again.
And sewed it on with a narrow, long zig-zag stitch, pulling a little on the skirt fabric to keep the ruffle really gathered.
There’s the finished number, pinned to the back of my ladyform. If I can find a long string of costume pearls in my travels, I’ll add them to the package, too.