You'll remember I also made a super cute little ruffle-skirt dress for my niece who was in our wedding. The already-ruffled skirt made it so quick and easy, and cute!
I also wanted something fabulous to wear to my bachelorette night. When I saw some of the lovely colors the ruffled goodies come in, I was reminded of these dresses...
How fabulous, right?!?! There are a few others in the more wedding-ey realm, too, that I love...
And once you start looking, you see gorgous ruffle-skirted wedding dresses everywhere...
|Ivy & Aster|
|Oscar de la Renta, of course...|
I was particularly inspired by a lot of the asymmetrical skirts on those ModCloth dresses. So I figured out how to drape the skirt to make that swoop-ey overlap.
Here's a tutorial!
- I used ruffle fabric as well as bodice fabrics that went pretty well in color. You could do this without the lace, but I'll show you what I did anyway. I used a strapless dress pattern I made up based on a few others... not important. Use whatever bodice pattern you want.
- I cut out the bodice of the under layer (pale pink twill), then cut out the lace with the same shape but with some extra to stick up off the top. With the seam allowances, I only needed an extra half inch at the most of the lace.
- I had to overlap the bodice pieces 1" to allow for the 1/2" vertical seam allowance, so the lace would be the right size.
- This dress zips up the back--if you change where yours zips, take note at that part of the tutorial.
- Once the bodice was cut out, I tackled the skirt. Basically, measure yourself and decide what your skirt length should be. I wanted the skirt to come down to just above my knees. Cut out one panel (one width of the fabric), cutting halfway between the rows of ruffles.
- Now, to make half of a second panel to drape with (the skirt will end up being 1.5 panels around), cut another piece the same length to about the middle of the fabric.
- Now, cutting down the center of your folded fabric, along where the fold would be, cut vertically straight down to your cut edge.
- Back to the full panel, you'll cut off one corner so you can round off what becomes the top edge, which will be gathered.
- To round it off even more I cut off this tiny piece!
- Sew your side seams like you would on any skirt--no, that's not true... Sew two of your side seams, leaving the half piece open on whichever side you want to cross over it. The half-width panel will hang flat in the front, and one side of the full-width panel will cross over it.
- Now gather your curved edge of the wide panel.
- Now you have a long curved, gathered piece. Mark the sides so you know where they are.
- Arrange the gathers mostly concentrated at the point where the long edge touches the waist seam. Pin lots!
- Now create a center back placket for your zipper. An invisible zipper is best with this fabric, I think!
- Now, with all those pins still in place, gather all the way around the skirt, starting at the center back.
- Now you can attach your skirt to your bodice! Watch where the center front swoopy part sits.
- Flip and give it a little pressing so it stays flat at the waist, not too bulky.
- Almost done--I chose to gather the bottom few inches of the underskirt (the narrow piece) so it didn't risk hanging down below the swooped up overlap. I just did a gathering stitch with strong thread and tied off the ends.
And here it is!
And here I am in all my bachelorette glory!
For the bachelorette party, a bunch of us including my mom and aunts who were in town went to a nice place for dinner--they all wore black and I stood out in my pastel!
Then my bridesmaids that were in town and I went to a few bars around the area.
I seriously enjoyed wearing the tiara. Love the Dollar Tree accessories and toys we got to play with as we bar-hopped!
It was sooooo much fun! And I felt pretty fabulous all night, being the only one in a light pink fluffy thing, tiara, and super tall nude stiletto peeptoe slingbacks. ;) I hope everyone gets the chance to do something as fun and special sometime in their lives!
Whether you're celebrating your upcoming wedding or not, though, you can certainly have fun with that awesome ruffle fabric--super easy way to get a dramatic and awesome look!