I started by cutting 5 strips each 3" wide x 22" long.
I set my machine at the longest stitch and went across twice, leaving some thread at the ends. Hold the thread at the end and slowly ruffle the fabric between stitches until all done. My ends frayed so I ran a zig zag stitch over the end
Then I attached all the pieces together and made one long ruffle.
I put the ruffle between the inner and outer lining of the pre-cut fabric (right sides facing) and sewed them all together and flipped so I could start putting the dress together.
I also attempted fabric ties this time instead of ribbon, to match the ruffle.... Oh I loved it!
Here was my final product.... Perfect little July 4th dresses!
Also, I've found this amazing sewing shop called Five Eighth Seams. They do sewing classes, they sell beautiful fabric, and the staff is just wonderful. Well I'm in love with their fabric! And they are so helpful that you just can't resist going to the store, not just for fabric but for great tips.
Well I was hunting for a pattern for another pillowcase dress I was making and I found some beautiful fabric that I just had to use. While I was in there they gave me a great idea! Instead of just a 2 toned dress, which was what I was planning on, do a 3 toned dress!
All I did was add a small strip of fabric between the 2 sections and sealed. The strip was 6" cut and folded in half and placed between the bottom and top piece, I used a 1/2" seam allowance. I could have use a 1/4" but it was my first time doing it.
And it was just too beautiful to not make a headband to go with it!