Is everyone ready for another Infinite A-line pattern hack? I really do use this pattern as a base for any and all woven tops and dresses for my girls. It makes things so easy!
This little ruffled number came about after I goofed up a romper I was working on, but I think I like how this turned out even better.
First, I cut out the ruffled bodice (View D), sleeve ruffles and bodice lining. I went with size 12 mo and even though this one fits pretty well, next time I’ll go up to 18 mo so that it’s a little easier to get on.
I sewed the bodice all together, following the instructions for View D through step 14 on page 14 (ending with the bodice roll technique). I also added the keyhole opening as instructed on page 16. Then I basted the raw edges of the bodice hem together and set it aside.
Next, I measured the circumference of the bodice opening (mine was about 22″). For the waistband, I cut out a strip of contrasting fabric measuring the number I just measured (22″ for me) + 3/4″ for seam allowances x about 3″ wide. So mine was 3″ x about 23″. I stitched the short ends of the band together to create a big loop, pressed and finished the seam allowance, then stitched it to the bottom of the bodice, all the way around.
I finished up by creating the ruffle. My ruffle piece was 4.5″ wide x about 50″ long. If you cut your ruffle about double the length of your waistband, then that’ll give you a nice gather. I sewed the short ends together again to form a loop, and then hemmed one long end.
The fabric I used was a slippery rayon, so I folded the raw edge under 1/8″ and stitched it down. Then I folded it under another 1/8″ and stitched it down again. This keeps unwieldy fabrics in place better than just pressing a double hem and trying to stitch it all in one go.
Lastly, I gathered the top raw edge of the ruffle until it fit the circumference of the waistband, pinned it in place and basted it to the band. Once I made sure all the gathers looked nice, I stitched the two together and serged the raw edges and one billion random threads coming out everywhere. (WORST part of gathering, amiright?)
And that’s it! A super quick and simple hack. Did I mention Mimi loves it? She kept playing with the ruffle all day! And her chubby little unsteady walk gives me all the heart eyes. New walkers are the cutest when they’re off exploring their little world!