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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Little Ivory Ruffled Dress

Hello! I am ecstatic to share with you all one of my recent creations I have been working on for the last month. Yes, it has taken me more time than usual to finish it, but I am in love with this little dress!

This dress has been upcycled from a thrifted oversized skirt I found for $1 because you know good and well I am frugal, lololol! The skirt has been sitting in my closet for awhile and I finally found the inspiration to transform this old item into a darling little ivory ruffled dress. We all know the LBD is a staple in a girl's wardrobe along with the second best essential a LWD, so in a way this is my version of a LWD. :)

The maxi skirt I started out with was definitely not my size, but I knew it could be altered when I laid eyes on it.

I laid one of my older dresses I altered on top of the skirt just to get the pattern I needed for this new dress since the old dress had the ideal length for me. The skirt was cut for a closed chest and backless look. Ooo la laaa! I turned the dress inside out to sew the lining together and then turned it right side out for a clean stitch-less look.


The dress was too plain by itself and a little bit see through even with the lining so I wanted to add some ruffles to both sides of the dress. The pattern I used for the ruffles was basically a 'C' shape which I cut out three pieces for each side for a total of 6 pieces. The fabric was from another top I made long ago and the color happened to match the skirt-turned-dress I was working with. The edges were raw but I used Fray Check to prevent the ruffles from fraying even more.


I will admit the ruffles were super difficult and took me FOREVER!!! Hahaha. I pinned and repinned over and over until the ruffles looked just right. I had to hand sew it on and I messed up plenty of times setting it aside for awhile because I was frustrated, which explains why it took me about a month to work on this dress. This was the first time I attempted ruffles and I must say I am pretty pleased with my results despite all the troubles.

I made x-back straps for the dress to add more to the backless look. The dress did not fit over my mannequin so I had to pin it on just to show you all.

The perfect summer time dress! The ruffles add a dazzling, girly touch to a simple dress. I wore my white pumps and pearl earrings to complete the look.

This dress is everything and more. The perfect simplicity with a hint of pure feminism. Bring on some more oversized skirts, please. :)

How do you ladies feel about ruffles? I adore them, but you know that is a biased opinion after making this dress. ;)

24 wonderful thoughts:

  1. Love the dress! You look beautiful. :)

  2. I love your smile <3 That dress which you did is great :) The best color in fashion ;) The best greetings from Poland ;)

  3. What a great creation! And I love that pink lip on you :)


  4. Your Dress is so beautiful*-*
    I love it♥

    Xoxo Ema

  5. wow great job on the dress!

  6. Wow amazing!! Such a good idea! Really inspiring, and I really like your smile! I just followed you to keep in touch with your nice posts. Please check out my blog!
    Kisses from Spain

  7. this dress is amazing, so beautiful!

  8. Omg its amazing. Love the dress!!! Thanks for the visit.

  9. Amazing !


  10. Soo Cute, I lovin it! Would you like to follow each other?
    XOXO, eLi

  11. Wow lovely!! you are very creative!!!
    Have a nice day!! and my g+ for you, doll!!!.)))

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

  12. I love what you did! You're so talented. I wish I could do things like this!
    I enjoy ruffles, too. You did a great job adding that detail. =)

  13. this is beautiful.

  14. love your dress, you really did amazing!! Love your lip color more though ... lol :D


  15. ten projekt jest cudowny, o ja , wyglądasz cudownie ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Keep in touch

  18. What an amazing dress! So cool that you made it from a skirt that you got for a dollar! Love the ruffles!


  19. thank you for your comment :) Wow, it's so stylish!!!! kisses! check out new post on my blog :)

  20. The dress is so cute .
    Thanks for the comment on my blog, you have a new follower now, hope you can follow me via GFC.

  21. the pics are so cute and the dress - WOW ! (:


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