How many of you have come across this amazing pre ruffled fabric? Yep, that's what I said, pre ruffled. See all those rows of beautiful ruffles? One piece of fabric. Love it!
When I first came across this fabric I couldn't have been more smitten. I am a mom to two girls, and if you have girls I know you'll want some too (fabulous for mama wear as well). Wouldn't this make a cute clutch?
I was over the moon excited when Ruffle Fabric offered to send a couple of yards my way to try out. They have the biggest selection of ruffle fabric I've seen anywhere, with so many colors. Beautiful, beautiful colors!
So, let's fast forward past winter for a minute, maybe even past spring, and pretend warm days are upon us.
If you're already experiencing warm days, well, lucky you. :) Send some my way please!
She's a grump by nature
This tunic is super simple to make. Less than an hour, really. One of the things that is so great about this fabric is that it doesn't need to be hemmed. Just like knits, it doesn't fray!
To get her to smile I had to ask her if tonight I grew a gigantic green fuzzy wart on my nose, if it would be ok if I helped out in her class tomorrow. She said yes. Now that's love.
The bodice is made with knits. Easy and comfortable to wear, and easy to sew (no buttons or zippers).
This tunic (or dress) is also custom made to your child's measurements, so will fit like a dream.
Want to make one? You won't regret it! :)
Ruffle Fabric has so many beautiful options, your hardest part will be choosing a fabric (Someone please make one with the Blue Belle....in love with that one).
Here we go...
This tunic is constructed in much the same way as the Bubblegum Jumper, just without the opening at the back and in knits. If you have been scared to try that tutorial, try this one first, it is easier. :)
- Measure around your child's chest. Call this measurement A
- Measure from where you would like the bodice to sit on the front, over the shoulder to the same spot on the back. It is really easy to make your straps too long, so measure conservatively! Call this measurement B
- Measure mid chest down to where you would like the tunic or dress to fall. Call this measurement C
Bodice Pieces (cut 4)
Take measurement A, add 1 inch for ease. Divide by 2 and then add 0.5 inches for seam allowance.
My measurement A was 23 inches.
(23 + 1)/2 = 12
12 + 0.5 = 12.5
I am going to cut 4 pieces 12.5 inches long by 2.5 inches
(this will make a bodice piece that is 2 inches wide- If you would prefer a wider bodice adjust accordingly)
Strap Pieces (cut 2)
Take measurement B and add 0.5 inches for seam allowance
My measurement B was 10 inches.
10 + 0.5 inches = 10.5 inches
I am going to cut 2 pieces 10.5 inches by 3 inches
(this will make straps that are 1.25 inches wide. If you would prefer a wider strap adjust accordingly)
Body (Ruffle) Piece (cut 1)
Take Measurement A multiply by 1.5 and add 0.5 inches for seam allowance (call this measurement D).
(23 x 1.5) + 0.5 = 35 inches would be my measurement D
Now, cut a piece of your ruffle fabric measurement D by measurement (C + 1/4 inch seam allow)
My measurement C was 15 inches.
So I will be cutting a piece 35 inches by 15.25 inches
Now, on to the sewing...
For this step it is a good idea to try the bodice piece on your child and pin the straps to their best position. I usually just pin 2 inches to either side of the middle of the bodice and don't have fit issues.
Along the top sew a row of gathering stitches (this fabric is very thin on the parts that don't have ruffles and one row is enough). Gather to fit your bodice piece.
I lined the seam in the ruffle fabric up to one of the side seams but you could put it mid back. You might notice we only have one side seam. I was ok with that as the ruffles hide the seam pretty well. If you aren't ok with that you could just sew down the other side to create another seam before attaching the ruffle fabric.
Looking at this photo it occurred to me that this fabric would also be super cute on a baby as a little romper. Now I wish I had a baby to make a romper for! :)
I'm thinking St. Patrick's Day..... stay tuned!