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5.03.2010

The Hampton 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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Look at those baby blues!

What accents those big blue eyes better than a sassy, little dress?





Make the dress as directed in the pattern, stopping before you thread the elastic through the casing.





To create the neck ruffle, cut a piece of white fabric in a rounded triangle shape.


The width of the ruffle should be about 25 inches, give or take. You can play with it a little bit and figure out what you like best. For length, I made the one in the picture about 10 inches long, but I wish I had made it a little smaller. The exagerrated look was a little too exagerrated. I would probably make it about 6 inches long at the midpoint.



Finish the edges of the ruffle with a rolled hem or a serged rolled hem.



Take the ruffle and find the midpoint. Take two large tucks on each side, going in towards the middle, adjusting as you like. You want the total width of the ruffle, once folded to measure 10-12 inches. Baste about a 1/2 to 1 inch down from the top of the ruffle, keeping your tucks in place. Attach to the dress just below the casing stitch.





Finish as directed in the pattern.



Ready for a night on the town!







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12 comments:

Lacey said...

Really cute!! I love that photo with all of them, too cute!

tong said...

So cute!

Angela C. said...

Lovely!

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juste venteux said...

So cute!!!

Heather@ My Frugal Family said...

What a darling dress!

Please feel free to link it up tomorrow to Talented Tuesday with My Frugal Family!! And don't forget to enter the giveaways I have posted at the top of my blog!

heather said...

I didn't realize just how simple it was to attach the ruffle at the neckline. Cute!

JamieS said...

Great ideas! You have certainly been busy!

Janna said...

Just found you! I have this pattern:) LOVE all your ideas!!

Attilio said...

hi came over through Confessions of a Sewing Dork....what lovely dresses.
have just finished a pillow case dress for my 14month old and would just love to try something like this. i especially loved the pockets.
becky
bpbajona(at)maltanet(dot)net

Ginger said...

Cute dress! Great pic! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

Ginger
SSB

Jessica said...

I love these ruffles! So wonderful!

Montrose Lewises said...

i'm loving all these ideas to tweak patterns!