How about instead of Resolutions on this last day of 2012 we do a
Renegade Ruffle Refashion.
But first, I’d like to wish Jan a Happy Birthday!!! I’m so lucky to have such a loving, kind, and caring sister who, even though we live thousands of miles apart, is always there for me. She lifts me up when I’m down and encourages me every day.
Happy Birthday Jan! I love you!
I think the shirt says it all. She’s such a good friend to me now.
Here we are wearing, what we called, our matching ketchup and mustard dresses that mom made for us. Jan’s dress was red, mine was yellow.
A Christmas morning picture of us:
Ok, now, doesn’t everyone have a bathtub picture like this?
Jan cooking for me even back then.
I just wish we lived closer to each other so I could throw on this newly refashioned outfit and take you out for a birthday dinner.
Happy Birthday Jan! Hope you have a great day!!!
Next up, the refashion:
Polka dot and stripe combinations have been catching my eye lately so this frumpy thrift store frock was my next
victim er…. I mean project.
After cutting off the bottom and cutting out the zipper, I turned it backwards to use the back as the front.
Pin and sew new neckline.
Right sides together, sew then press new front center seam.
Pin, sew and trim sides seams to fit.
The fabric I was using was polyester so I put a zig zag stitch next to the new seam to keep it from fraying.
Hem the bottom of the shirt.
To make a pattern for your flounce ruffle, measure the length of the desired ruffle and that will be the middle circle of your pattern. The width of the circle will be the width of your ruffle.
Cut two ruffles and make some matching bias tape. (I really do have a bias tape tutorial coming up soon. )
Cut through each of the ruffles.
Pin and sew the bias tape on the outside of the ruffle.
Turn under the inside edge of the flounce once and sew.
Starting at the shoulder, pin and sew each ruffle along the new neckline and down the front center seam. My ruffle stops at the waistline.
I really wanted to show off the entire outfit. The skirt was made from scratch today using an existing skirt as a pattern and some nice navy micro suede fabric I’ve had for years. The striped cardigan was resized and refashioned yesterday. But, dang it, my photographer was chukar hunting so I had to take my own after photos.
Thanks to you, sewing has been really enjoyable for me this past year.
Please let me know if you have an idea for an upcoming tutorial, I’d love to get your ideas for new things to try.
Here’s to great things coming your way in 2013!!!
Happy New Year!
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