This is one of my favorite dresses ever. BUT it’s so tedious to make. I LOVE the end result, and I HATE the fact that it takes forever to sew. SO MANY RUFFLES. So much fabric. So much time. But – SEW, SEW beautiful. Did I mention that I’ve made about a billion of these trying to get the pattern just right, and I’m still a ways from the end zone.
Mama Lusco says I need to get a ruffle foot. Hmmm….
My friends are loving the ruffle dresses I’m sending their way.
Isn’t she lovely? (made by Kelly)
This dress was designed based on Facebook friend customer requests! The final version is much different than the original photo, but I think it’s better. I submitted a sneak peek photo gallery for my Facebook friends, and it was almost unanimous - more RUFFLE, please!
The red dress is the final version.
Wouldn’t this be a GORGEOUS flower girl or first communion dress?
This hot pink number is compliments of Mrs. Biloh.
I’m sending this white dress with a friend who is spending Thanksgiving in Hawaii. She is going to go CRAZY when she sees it!
Can you imagine the beach photo goodness?
How much free time do you have? Or, how many naps can you sacrifice to sew this ruffle dress?
I just finished the red dress, and my daughter is asleep. I’m tempted to wake her up to try the dress on her. That’s how much I love this dress.
Most of my patterns I prefer to make with a mix-match of fabrics. This one, I like with only one fabric. My facebook friends can’t wait to mix it up. Not me. I’m going with the one and only fabric on this one.
This is going to cost you hours! I’m warning you!
The good news is that you can use a cheap broadcloth to save some moolah!
Don’t say I didn’t warn you. You will HATE all things ruffle and gathering after you take on this pattern. This dress takes a ton of fabric. You will swear to never make this dress again. But after you sit back and admire your finished project, you will fall in LOVE over and over.
It’s definitely a special occasion dress, not an every day play date dress.
Should I dub this The Little Princess Dress? Or something else altogether?
Do you think we can pair this dress with long sleeves and cardigan sweaters in the winter, or are we limited to summer wear with this dress? The layers of ruffle are pretty heavy which equals warmth.
You are going to hate making this. I’m warning you. It takes way too many naps. But you will definitely LOVE the end result.
This is not a beginner pattern. It’s not hard, but it’s not a first project. If you’ve sewn before, and you are patient and comfortable with gathering and ruffles, you will be fine. You just need patience, fabric, and time. Yes, you definitely need time- oh, and a cute little girl.
P.S. I have so many ideas for new patterns and so little time!
P.P.S. If you are interested in pattern testing, please leave a comment with your email address and the size you are able to test. This pattern is currently in the hands of the first round of testers; I will need a few more willing volunteers. Definitely leave your email in the comment.