Sunday, March 26, 2017

Polka dot Dress with Ruffle Shoulder

Hello,
We are having crazy weather lately, from hot humid, foggy to cold. And not enough dealing with that, I got sick with cough allergies for some weeks 😢
But luckily I still sew some small garments for my son and finished this polka dot dress. This dress is my first based on Casual Sweet Clothes - Favourite Pieces For Everyday sewing book by Noriko Sasahara that I bought during my visit to Singapore in October last year. I also bought some fabrics, patterns and Burdastyle magazine, you can find them in my old IG post, here.
Material needed :
2 yards of polka dot cotton in light green colour, invisible zipper, fusible interfacing and thread.
Pattern:
Dress A with ruffle shoulder detail size S with following adjustment,

  • I reduced the middle center front and back 1 cm because the dress is a little bit too loose.
  • Lowered the CF neckline 5.5 cm and drew a new line of the front neckline.
  • Raised the ruffle placement 2 cm and trimmed the ruffle at the shoulder 3 cm down to the end 1/2 cm (hope this explanation makes sense).
  • I used 1.5 cm seam allowances in all edges and 3 cm hem allowance.

I actually like the instructions from this book, it is well explained with easy step by step to follow. Firstly I sew the middle front and back pieces right sides together and then gather the ruffles before attached to the bodice. I decided to raised the ruffle placement because it looks to me it doesn't gather enough. Also, I trimmed the ruffle at the shoulder 3 cm down to end 1/2 cm finished with rolled hemmed stitch. I did that because the original ruffles are too big for my liking.

After that, I sewn the front and back sides right sides together and attached it to the middle bodice.
As shown below, the neckline was too high for my usual style. So, I reduced 5.5 cm at the CF and drew a new line of the neckline. I carefully cut it and make a new facings. Fused the fusible interfacing on both front and back neckline facings and also fused on both armhole facings.
Before I attached the neckline and armhole facings, I fused fusible tape on the wrong side of CB and sewn the invisible zipper.
Then, sewn the front and back neckline facings right sides together and attached it to the bodice, clipped the curve areas and did the same for armholes facings. Turned all the facing inside and hand sewn some parts for the facings to stayed in place.
Here is the final look of the back side. Well, I am happy with it 😊
And the last work was sew the hem allowance 3 cm, the original pattern suggested for 2.5 cm but I used 3 cm and I did that for almost all me-made dresses.
Picture below shows the different look on the original neckline and my version. I know that some people look good on high neckline but not me.
I liked the final dress, lovely fit and it will be perfect to wear in summer without feeling too tight or too loose. For sure I will be making another one later but without ruffle and will make little tweak at the back. You can see in the last picture below that the back has little crumple, I am going to make better fitting in the future.
The ruffle shoulder looks so lovely and girly, isn't it ?
And here are more pictures of the dress and detail, front - side - back and hemline.


Thank you for reading, wishing you a happy weekend and happy sewing!
Love,

Hana, @velvetribbon_sew

22 comments:

  1. What a pretty summer dress! Love your light green fabric. It's been a long, rainy winter where I live (Santa Cruz, California). Your dress makes me itch to see some spring sunshine!

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    1. Thank you, Nancy. I want to see some spring sunshine too, we had sunny day three days ago then back to hazy and cold :(

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  2. Your dress is adorable. I love the ruffles and they really make this dress pop! Really like this style on you.

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    1. Thank you, Dawn. I love the ruffles too :)

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  3. Such a lovely dress Hana! Suits you very well :)

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  4. Cute dress on you. Love the cheery fabric.

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    1. Thank you Tomasa, love the fabric too very much :)

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  5. Those ruffles are girly, with a romantic feel. The green fabric choice is such a pretty combination with the pattern. You look so nice in it!

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    1. Thank you Vanessa. I always love green colour and glad that the fabric work well with the pattern :)

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  6. It's so cute! I think that colour suits you:)
    P.S I am interested in another her book (http://www.i-bft.co.jp/dbook/2016158/HTML/list1.html)

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    1. Thank you so much, Eli. Clicked the link and will put the book in my list, so many sweet dresses :)

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  7. Perfect summer dress. Love the fabric and the ruffle is so cute. Looks fantastic on you.. Know you will enjoy it this summer..
    we too are having this strange weather??? Ready for REAL spring.lol

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    1. Thank you so much Judy. Finally we have a bright sunny day today, hope real spring come to your place :)

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  8. I hope you feel better, Hana. Your dress is absolutely beautiful. I love the ruffles.

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    1. Thank you, dear. I am feeling better now but still taking antibiotic. Happy sewing to you :)

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  9. The ruffles look so cute on you and the neckline is perfect! What a beautiful new dress! Enjoy wearing it!

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    1. Thank you, Katharina. Love the neckline too. I am so late for reading everyone posts, will pop over to your blog soon :)

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  10. What an utterly lovely pretty dress! It looks perfect for your summertime weather and the fabric is so pretty. I really like the new neckline you made and always enjoy reading your construction steps. :)

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  11. What a lovely spring dress in such a chic fabric! Bravo! I'm glad that your health is now better.

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