This dress is all about ruffles, ruffles, and more ruffles, with a lot of fun asymmetry to go along! I’d bought some wonderful pink fabric at Sew Expo, intending it for one design, but when I got it home I realized the color was far too lively and vivacious for my original design. So it was back to the drawing board for me!
Fortunately, the liveliness in the pink meant it was easy to design the dress it should become. This dress needed to have a lot of personality, and what better way to do it than by asymmetric seams and lots and lots of ruffles!
So that I wouldn’t have to disrupt the center back seam with a zipper, I chose to have it fasten over the shoulder seams with snaps. This makes it a ‘step into’ dress, and quite easy for your doll to put on herself. I also added a sash for a bit of extra flair (and a neater fit around the waist.)
But I had a problem. Suddenly the cream ribbon I’d bought didn’t seem to match as well as I thought it would. So Samantha (brilliant girl that she is) recommended stitching down the sides of the ribbon with matching thread. Suddenly the two blended like never before!
Then, to spice things up a bit (and also because I’d only bought enough fabric to make two pink dresses) I ran out to the fabric store and picked up enough soft cotton to make two more dresses, only this time in a vibrant and exciting green! (The photos make it look rather minty, but in real life it’s a lovely grassy color.) Melinda cut and stitched one, and I was thrilled with the results. Lisette looked fabulous in it, and I’m sure there are lots of other dolls out there who will, too!
All the dolls here agreed it was a lot of fun to wear (and it definitely passed the twirl test!) So get on out there and dance the night away!