Monday, September 27, 2010

I Heart Ruffles

A couple of completed projects to show you.  I got the yellow idea from Dana at Made.  I was trying to sew with Meg for Kids Clothes Week Challenge.  Due to camera issues, I didn't post at either, but I am showing you now.

It all started with the skirt.  I wanted to make it for Ellie's Birthday Party.  I started 2 nights before.  I wish that I would have these ideas sooner!  I started with a bedsheet. (unlike some who go thrifting for sheets, I go to the closet - my in-laws are savers) and a general idea of how to make a ruffle skirt.  Lots of gathers!  I used a super soft (and thin and cheap) yellow knit for the ruffles.  This way I didn't have to hem the ruffles.  So, lots of strips of fabric and lots of gathers later, this is what Ellie woke up to on her birthday.


She loved it. I had to do some finishing the next night on the seams, but it was done for the party.  I didn't have time to do a top, so I did the matching headband instead.  Inspired by 12 Crafts to Christmas. 

Next was to make a matching top.  I took a nightgown pattern with a cross over top, added some ruffles and lined it (the sheet was pretty sheer), and didn't do the sleeves.   After Ellie put on the top, we realized it needed a modesty panel, so that was added in a couple days later.


 At this point I was getting very tired of ruffles and gathering, but I got an idea in my head for another matching shirt.


 So a little more gathering for sleeve and heart ruffles and a little freezer paper stenciling - and another matching shirt.

The ensemble.
The twirl.
The leftover.
I may have enough fabric left for a matching dolly outfit.  We will see.....



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14 comments:

Jenny said...

That's amazing! I love all of it!!

Barbara said...

Yeap, I am very interested in a tutorial!!!! Please add one :)
Beautiful work!!!

Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com said...

Your skirt is soooo cute! I love the whole outfit. Really, you did a great job! I love the print with the yellow ruffles!
~stopping by from Sew Much Ado!~

Madigan at madiganmade said...

Darling!

Kelli said...

I am just dropping by from Sew Much Ado and I had to tell you how cute your skirt turned out! I love those ruffles. The more the better right?

Lana said...

Cute! I love the "I <3 Ruffles" shirt.

Eva Marie Harp said...

Supper cute!!!I love it. I bet she had a blast in it. Once you start ruffling is is hard to stop. I look forward to the next outfit.
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Leslie said...

this skirt is adorable.

Robin said...

Oh how sweet! I have a few girls of my own that would love your creation. Well done!

Michelle said...

Very cute! Love it! :)

Suzie said...

So CUTE!!! I love ruffles, too!

Lindy said...

This skirt if adorable. I have grandtwins that would love one of these. The problem with this is that I would have to make TWO of them.....I'm tired already!

Lindy

Beth @ Sand To Pearl said...

Fabulous skirt. Looks so fun

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