Instant dress

The ruffle fabric in my stash was calling to me. I knew I wanted to make a dress out of it. I knew exactly the dress I wanted to make. I wanted to make a tank dress with an arch shaped godet.
dress diagram 001

Yes, you have seen me make this dress before, over and over. This ruffle fabric has so much going on you just don’t want to do a whole lot to it. It’s also a fabric of the season. By next year it will look so “Summer of 2012” that you wouldn’t want to wear it.

We are going to the theatre tomorrow night, so I will wear it out then.
ruffle dress

Here is a close-up of the godet.
ruffle dress (2)

This fabric is so easy to sew, you can understand why it is being featured so often in ready to wear. I did hem the neckline and the armscye, but I could have gotten away with raw edges. I didn’t hem the bottom, it wasn’t worth the effort.
How long did making this dress take??? About 20 minutes. My cost ? about $7. I also made a quickie shrug out of some of the scraps.

Making this sort of a garment is like retail therapy without any of the regrets the next day.


  1. It's a great dress and perfect for summer in the city.

  2. i will let you kbnow tomorrow if it worded out in real life.

  3. Sarah - what play are you seeing? Will be in NY early October and debating what to get tickets for. Walt has promised me a day in the garment district so am making my list!
    Martha Ann

  4. We are seeing "Streetcar Named Desire". we subscribe to a paper the house organization ( We pay about $100 per year and see shows for $4 per ticket. Sometimes you get to see Broadway shows, more often it's off- Broadway or other venues. We see lots of stuff we otherwise wouldn't have seen. Much of it is wonderful.Some of it less so. But it means that we go to the theatre fairly regularly...and nearly never go to the movies.


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