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4.30.2010

The Manhattan Dress

This post is part of a month long series called 'Pattern Makeover Month.' I took a simple pattern (The Sweet Dress by Leila and Ben) and 'made-it-over' into many different styles. For more information, go here.



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Cut and sew the dress as directed in the pattern stopping after your neck and sleeve casings are sewn.

For the ruffle, cut a strip that is two times as long as the length of the dress, neckline to hemline. The width is five inches for sizes 4T and up. For size 12M and 2T I would cut 3 inches. Size 3T would be 4 inches.


Finish the edges of the ruffle with a rolled hem serged edge or a rolled hem. Gather down the middle of the ruffle. Iron a crease in the middle front of your dress. Stitch the ruffle down the middle starting at the casing stitch line and ending at the bottom hem. Attach a button and voila!




(Top picture by Brooke Reeves Photography)





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27 comments:

tong said...

I LOVE this dress! The big ruffles on the front do so much for the little dress!

The Sewing Dork said...

Okay, today's the last day of the month. You aren't going to stop with these fabulous dresses when April ends, are you?

Sarah said...

I LOVE the ruffle!!

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theteo5 said...

probably my favorite one yet!!!

Lacey said...

First time I saw this one I loved it and still do!!! So cute, I love the gray!

Ana said...

That super ruffle is so cute!

Lynette said...

I absolutely LOVE THIS ONE!!! It's been on my to do list for a while...I need to get making it already! Thanks for all these amazing ideas!

Angela C. said...

I LOVE this one! Wonderful!

Amy Lynn said...

The gray with that white ruffle, swoon. . .

It is gorgeous!!

Jackman Clan said...

Super darling -

Jenny said...

This one is great! I think it's my favorite as well.
~Jenny~

Jessica said...

Love the ruffle and the colors!

heather said...

Of all of the dresess, this one is my absolute favorite! Love it! And I totally plan on making it for my two youngest girls.

hanci06 said...

And look at all that hair!Fabulos just like the dress!

Sweet Audrey said...

It's so beautiful. I love it!!!

:D

Holly L. said...

LOVE this dress. The ruffle down the bottom is gorgeou!

Meg said...

Definitely my favorite!

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Jennifer said...

I think this one is my favorite, it is so flipping cute!

Natalie said...

This is so pretty. I love the coloring you chose for it. The pics are amazing.

KS said...

I ADORE this dress!!

EHC said...

This is a serious ruffle! I also like the beautiful photography.

Jenni said...

SO SO SO pretty!

ange_moore said...

Very classy with the ruffle front!

Janna said...

Gorgeous dress!!

Ruth H. said...

Holy cow, that is one adorable dress! I love the ruffle down the front. You have a cute model there, too. Thanks for sharing such a stylin' idea with the rest of us!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous!

Montrose Lewises said...

i love the mature touches :D