Friday, 26 April 2013

KCW Days 3 & 4: Ruffles Ruffles Ruffles!

Don't let it be said that I don't do girly. This is as good as it gets! Ruffles ruffles everywhere!

The pattern is the Flutter Skirt by Sew Sweet Patterns. I have only made this once before but it has such a girly summery vibe about it that I just had to try it again.

Three tiers of ruffles with a flat front waistband and elasticated back. I made a couple of modifications to the pattern. I didn't make the bow ties at the back. The main reason being that I wanted it to be simple enough for her to get on and off herself, and felt that the long ties would just get in the way.

The bow ties should get inserted into this part of the waistband seam and cover the elasticated part at the back

The second thing I did differently was to line the skirt.

I don't have a serger and although all my seams were pinked to finish them off (I thought zig zag stitching would make it itchy) I wanted it to be as soft as possible against her skin. So I self drafted a skirt lining.

The difference it makes to the skirt is well worth the extra effort. It adds a bit of volume and weight to the whole thing. And, well, it just makes it feel of a better quality.

I didn't intend on using this fabric. I originally had a floral one set out for it, but as it happens I didn't have enough fabric to do the whole thing. I would have liked the whole skirt made out of the same fabric but when tried to fit all the pieces onto this (my second choice) I couldn't quite fit the third ruffle on. So I went with white. 

The fabric is Storyboek Two - Pebble Stripe Multi. It is the second print I have purchased from this line which I love. The cotton is so soft, it was a real pleasure to sew with.

I also like the fact that when it comes to choosing a top to wear with this skirt, I could choose any one of the fabrics colours and it would have a completely different feel about it. Better get cracking on a blue or yellow tshirt as her draw is looking a bit empty


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