Did you gals see me on the pattern remix series over at Me Sew Crazy last week?? I have to admit, I love to follow instructions so I don’t have to think on my own – so this opportunity made me think outside my sewing box. Remix a pattern!?!? I told myself I could do it….
I really like the dress on Simplicity 3513 – simple and cute. I’ve it a couple of times for my girls. Since it’s pretty basic I thought it’d be a good remix….
The first thing that came to mind was a bustle – they seem to be all the rage in the craft blog world. I’ve seen a lot of them, but I hadn’t seen a tutorial, so I just made it up as I went. With the back pattern piece I cut out a triangle. (Mental note – next time the triangle needs to go a lot higher, so the bustle hits on the rear, not the back of the knees.)
With the triangle piece that I cut out, I sewed on pre-ruffled layers of tulle and coordinating fabric – here it is with a few strips on:
Next on the main back piece I sewed on a strip of pleats for a finished edge. You could also just turn it under. Then I sewed the cut-out triangle back into it’s spot.
The back turned out like this, pretty cute:
Another alteration I made was to omit the sleeves. I just left them off and then turned under and topstitched that raw edge where the sleeves were supposed to go – and also added that flower for interest (it’s a gathered flower, rolled up – I show a how-to here):
Here’s the front view – – thanks for making me broaden my horizons!! Oh, but I did stick in my comfort zone of using sheets as fabric – love that 🙂
Jessica at Me Sew Crazy says
it came out soooo cute!!! Thank you again so much for playing along!!! Have a great Memorial Day 🙂
thanks for showing the tutorial. i have admired this type of skirtvfor a while but havent taken the time to figure it out. i think i’ll give it a try for an up coming birthday dress
I really love the way it came out! I am for anything with ruffles!
Cranberry Morning says
How sweet is that! I love the ruffles – and the darling little model. 🙂
Absolutely adorable and a mighty pretty model you have there, too. I’m afraid I have to stick pretty close to the pattern but may give it a try. I don’t have a serger, so may have to think of another way to finish the edges. Yours look so nice.
Thanks for inspiring me!
Aubrey Leong says
I love that bustle…ruffles are my fave!
adorable I have a little princess of my own not only does your model look like a little doll but I am sure you are quite proud of her as well come see what I shared at https://shopannies.blogspot.com
Tanya @ Greetings From the Asylum says
I am just about to work on a bustle dress for my daughter. Thanks for sharing your tutorial! I love the finished dress!
Lindsay Anne says
Fabulous creation! Love love love the ruffles!
[email protected] House says
Oh I love a good bustle. very cute.
Thank you for sharing this! I’ve been looking for ideas to make some more interesting skirts for my daughter, all the patterns I have right now are so simple. I can’t wait to try this on a skirt.
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How stinking cute is that?! Love it!!