Saturday, February 4, 2012
Ruffle Top Sun Dress/Top
Cut 2 rectangles of fabric -- I used 19 inches wide and 16 inches long for a size 5 top.
For size 4 -5 I measure in 2 inches from the sides and 4 inches down from the top. mark a cure where the 2 measurements meet. sew the side seams.then do the armholes. I normally serge my edges and turn in and top stitch. If I am making the pillowcase dress for a gift or for dressier wear I put a bias binding on the armholes.
Mark the center front and center back of the top.
For the ruffle cut a strip of fabric from the cross wise of fabric x 3 1/2 to 4 inches wide. I would not use a strip wider than 45 inches due to the elastic might not stretch that much.. Sew the ends together right sides together. Do a rolled hem on the edges. If you don't have a serger you could do a narrow hem. Just cut the ruffle wider to allow for the hem.
Mark the ruffle strip in 1/4s. Match up the `1/2 mark to the center front and center back marks on the top.
Cut a piece of 1/8 inch elastic the width you need your neck to be- I used the measurement for the elastic from my peasant top pattern which is simp 3743- for a size 5 it is 20 1/4 inch . I will look and post the rest of the elastic measurements at the end. mark the elastic in 1/4's too.
Stitch aligning 1/4 and 1/2 marks using a small zigzag stitch or a straight stitch. You will stretch the elastic to fit the fabric as you stitch.