Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Ruffle Tunic Dress

Thank you so much for all the great comments on my little pretties and my anniversary wishes. Rachel and Linda, take the plunge and make some, you will not regret it. I have a few patterns but I haven't tried them yet. I like Antoinette's tutorial because you use an old pair of underwear that already fits you great.

Last summer I purchased a yard and a half of some ruffle fabric from Joanns clearance section in the hopes of making a tank top or something for work. The more I thought about it I wanted to make a tank dress but I wasn't sure I had enough fabric to accommodate that. It also doesn't help that I'm 5'9. I had the day off on Friday so I decided to see if I could work or at least start to work it out.

I started with the tank from Kwik Sew 3740.

I made the cowl so much this past winter I was comfortable with the fit of the bodice. I figured that the tank should probably fit the same way. I drafted out a skirt adding it to the bodice and angling out to make it a little more a-line than straight. I wanted a more tunic/shift look than a sheath dress.

It wasn't hard keeping the ruffles lined up as long as I took my time and sewed slowly. The hardest part were the armholes. Sewing around in a circle had the ruffles going in two different directions. There were a lot of stop and go moments. I really like how this dress/tunic turned out and I wore it to work on Monday with capris as I thought it was too short for work, but I can possibly see myself wearing it out on a date night or possibly to gig in. Oh, and yes my friends, the dress is fully lined (sorry no pics, I guess I was in a hurry). There was no way I was going anywhere in this dress as sheer as it is.

15 comments:

A Sewn Wardrobe said...

Great fabric! It would look great sans pants for a gig.

Omega said...

That turned out great, it looks really great both ways.

Adelaide B said...

CUTE! I actually really like it with the pants. Very chic. (It's cute the other way too, but something about the pants appeals to me.)

Susan said...

I really like it with the pants too, although a pair of high heels and an upswept hair style will take this to evening in a flash!

I made an infinity scarf out of the material I think.

Eugenia said...

Gorgeous and glamorous!!! I love it!

Lisette M said...

So pretty! I can certainly see you performing in it, it has a cool 60s vibe as a mini.

couturearts said...

Cute dress! It looks great with the trousers or as a dress.

Gelbean said...

It turned out really great! Love it!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Fabulous! Love the tunic/dress! And happy belated anniversary!!!

Tanya said...

Said it once and I'll say it again, love that dress/tunic however you wear it, it's beautiful. I'm going to email you I was thinking that maybe we could do a mini New York PR Weekend before summer is over.

Lisa said...

Sexy mama

Myra said...

Andrea, I love this both ways! However, I really like it without the pants!! It may be too short for work, but not to short to show off those great legs of yours!!!! Very, very chic!!

Audrey said...

What a great tank dress. And another idea for what I could make with the ruffled fabric that I have successfully resisted buying until now. I have got to get some. Congrats on your recent wedding anniversary and wishes for many more.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Va va voom! I love that this can be worn as a tunic or a dress, looks great both ways!

SEWN said...

You are so rocking the ruffles. I love it!!! Jaeng would be proud!

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