Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Ruffly Neck Inspiration

Twice last week and yesterday we went to the outlets. (Don't judge me.) Actually, Joe and I went with the children one day when he had an extended holiday weekend. And then I just happened to be close (okay, not really) when I bought my dishes last week, so I went again. And then I had something to return that didn't fit, so my friend and I took the kids and went back yesterday.

When I passed the J Crew store, I couldn't help but fall in love with the window display. I loved the ruffly neck on this shirt. I kept thinking about the shirt. (And thinking about it ... And thinking about it ...) Not that I wanted to buy it, but that I should make something like it.

So, a ruffly dress for Spenser it became.

I used a thrifted sheet from last week's productive thrifting and made a "practice" one. I love it. She loves it. And she looks adorable in it. I just didn't get her photo on Sunday when she wore it to church.

For the ruffle I cut a strip of fabric two inches wide and twice the length of the neck opening. Then I used the rolled hem feature on my serger and went along all sides. (I didn't want raw, fraying edges on the dress.) Then I sewed a basting stitch down the center of the strip (lengthwise), gathered it and attached it to the dress.


I added a sweet pink vintage button with some velvet ribbon. And she's very proud of herself that she can button it all by herself ... while she's wearing it.

14 comments:

April said...

sounds like you've got this figured out already but the picture of the shirt in the window made me think of this, http://madebyrae.blogspot.com/2008/09/you-can-do-it-embellished-neckline.html
I've had it bookmarked for a while now but I've not made it yet....

Kim said...

Love it . I wish I could sew like you :)

Brenda said...

It's adorable. I love the ruffles.

christy said...

cute

Jane said...

That is just adorable! We really need to see it modeled sometime!

Cindy Is Crafty said...

Lera, It is lovely and I bet Miss Spenser is a really little priss in it! :O)

Karyn said...

Wow!! Lera that is GREAT!

nikko said...

Cute! I bet it looks so pretty on Spenser!

Gail :) said...

Lera, A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E. This dress is too cute! The vintage sheet makes it soft and lovely. Much better than the inspiration piece.

Diane said...

Turned out even cuter than the J Crew top! You made perfect use of that vintage sheet - no regrets :)

amandajean said...

how sweet is that???? i love it so much!!! (i think i really need to buy that serger...) how great that she can button it herself. hurray for independence! :)

Chara Michele said...

So pretty! :)

misschris said...

I love this, Lera. LOVE. Super job. I've been eyeing ruffly neck stuff lately and thinking about the application, too... love the idea of doing it in a stretch a la J Crew... So feminine... xo

(and hi, btw. miss you.)

Shannon said...

I adore that dress! So cute. Great work!