Our elder daughter has always had very definite ideas about clothing. She starting dressing herself very early on and knew what she liked. She is not generally open to persuasion on the matter – once she makes up her mind about something, no amount of cajoling will get her to wear it. To cut a long story short, I wanted to make her a dress for a solstice party we are attending this weekend, but had no idea whether she would ever agree to wear it. I carried on anyway, because I had a ruffle dress in mind and wanted to see whether I could figure it out. It took me a couple of evenings and only one use of the seam ripper and here is the result:

Ruffle dress, front view

Ruffle dress, side view

Pip, trying out her new dress

The fact that she tried it on at all shows she likes it! I can hardly wait to try it out in a variety of cotton prints, both for her and her little sister.

The edges of all the ruffles and the armholes are all finished with a rolled hem using the serger. I also serged the seams on the inside and topstitched each panel for a polished finish. The flower was Pip’s idea and I knew she wouldn’t be satisfied without it, so a used a strip of the dress fabric, did a rolled hem all around it and rolled and shaped it into a flower, then secured the base and sewed it to the dress.


~ by Pip 'n' Milly Creations on December 19, 2009.

3 Responses to “Success!”

  1. […] play the part if St Lucy, the bringer of light. She will be wearing the white dress I posted about here. Many people dress up for the event, though this will be the first year for us. Ready for the […]

  2. Great dress! Love the shape and color!

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