What appears to be a basic ruffled dress, upon construction you’ll find it’s anything but. The drape at the front neckline gives this design just enough feminine shaping while the V-shaped back adds drama. The bias cut of the bodice and skirt, and the pointed seam lines make for a body hugging silhouette. And the fluttery two-tier sleeves and four ruffled godets that sweep the hem make it all just dreamy to wear.
This may be a bit more difficult than other vintage projects given the amount of pieces it takes to make up the ruffles and flutter sleeves, then add hemming all those pieces…. whew, but then it goes together nicely, and the end result is so worth the effort of those funny shapes.
Size: 32 inch bust – although it fits nicely on a 34 inch bust mannequin
Fabric: Pre-washed rayon
Construction Notes: 1) I interlined all the bodice pieces with silk organza but not the skirt and sleeves. 2) For all hemming, I opted for a rolled hem with a zig-zag stitch. I tugged the fabric toward me as it was going though the presser foot while pulling a bit from the back so it would advance. It made for wavy edge which only added to the ruffle effect.
So, for what started out in my mind as just another frilly dress, I found myself smitten with each step of the construction process. It truly is a darling dress.