The black,white, gray and yellow shirt in the background is a shirt of mine that no longer fits me. (All due to my 50lb weight loss, go me). The shirt with the black necklace sew into it is a shirt someone gifted Mackenzie that was too small and didn't have the tags left on so we could return it. The white shirt on the hanger is one of Evan Grace's shirts that still fit her but was getting a little short.
Once the hemming was done, I basted the other long edge of each strip so I could ruffle them. (Yes, of course this dress has ruffles on it, when do I NOT use ruffles? Don't act so surprised)
Once the ruffles were ready, I placed them on the white band of fabric I cut from Mackenzie's shirt. I opted to cut up through one side seam of the white band so that pinning and sewing the ruffles was easier. You can leave this part attached but it'll take a little more work and patience when pinning and sewing.
The first ruffle was sewn on 1'' from the bottom edge of the white fabric of Mackenzie's shirt. Make sure the wrong side of the ruffle is facing the right side of the white band. The second ruffle was sewn on 3'' above the top of the first ruffle. Here's a really bad picture of the second ruffle.
Now, for the third and last ruffle; I placed it about 2'' from the top of the white fabric, instead of 3'' above the second ruffle. With right sides facing sew your ruffle in upside down. This will make sense in just a second. Once you've sewn it in place, fold the ruffle down over the line you just stitched and then top stitch the ruffle. It adds a nice finished touch for the top of the ruffle that's going to be seen with this pattern of dress. Here's a picture of the first step to the last ruffle. Upside down and right sides together.
You think we're done right? Well so did I, but I wanted to add something to the front of the shirt to help tie it all together and so that the top didn't look so....well....white.
Here's what I added:
And the tutorial for that (as well as a picture of the entire finished project) will come later. :) (I'm shooting for Friday)