Which came first? The mini or the ruffle? In other words… which came first, and then was changed into the other because I wasn’t happy?
Both versions have their merits… But after taking pictures of one, I went home and altered it to make the other! Maybe this will clarify things…
Frumpy much? I always think that an outfit that NEEDS a belt to “work” visually is not a good outfit. Sure, belts are stylish, but a stiff belt over a stretchy dress immediately makes it fussy and uncomfortable. The ruffled version was my first iteration, and I did love the ruffle, but without a belt, it was a sad sack and so it had to go.
(My ruffle was made of black powernet from my bramaking stash. Goodbye, sweet ruffle! I liked you in theory!)
Back home, I made two changes. I folded under the neckband and top stitched it down for a cleaner, more open look. Secondly, I folded the ruffle under, top stitched, and trimmed off the excess! I could have cut it off and rehemmed, but I was afraid it would get too short. As a bonus, the remains of the ruffle add volume to the hem so it has a bit of flair.
The fabric is the Black and Grey Leopard on Orange Red Jersey. It’s a lightweight rayon knit, with a nice amount of stretch and drape. I actually bought this yardage with my own money last summer, and I’ve been hoarding it ever since. I really love leopard, and I love coral, so I ended up being afraid to cut into it! When I got the chance to blog for Cali Fabrics, I knew it was time to use this print. I ordered 2 yards more to save for later!
Now, to be honest, a part of me still isn’t sure about the dress (Is it too short?), and it may eventually get cut down to a tank top. I’ll wear it for the summer first though, before I decide! That’s the beauty of sewing: everything can be altered into something new, either right after you finish it or a few years down the road. How often do you rework “finished” projects? When you do, do you ever regret it, or is it usually the right choice?
Gillian is a teacher, cat lady, and colour-fanatic, and blogs at craftingarainbow.wordpress.com .