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Friday, March 29, 2013

Flounce into Spring

Ellie Inspired is having a "Flounce into Spring" contest on Facebook. I can't believe that I have never sewn flounces before! I had so much fun making this and I love how it looks! Flounces are different from ruffles in this way: ruffles get their fullness from gathers at the top of a straight strip of fabric, but flounces are cut as an arc and get their fullness when the top curved edge is stitched straight across, making the bottom arc gather. So, you can see that flounces are much less time-consuming since there is no gathering of fabric involved.
This pattern is the Ellie Inspired "Ayano". I made size 3. The contest specifies using spring colors, so when I found this collection of co-ordinates, I thought they were perfect! I changed the pattern a little bit by making it fasten at the shoulders and sides rather than button up the back. I used snaps and then added snap-on bows to the shoulders. It was an idea I had seen and wanted to try. 
The sewing on this pattern is so quick and easy. It was fun to make and I would definitely do it again!


Donna said...

This is so pretty, Lisa! I have had this pattern for a couple of years but have not gotten to it yet. Thank you for the inspiration!

Shaffer Sisters said...

So Cute. Love your choice of fabric. This post inspired me to look up flounces for the last 20 minutes and almost forgot to comment. Great job!

With Love,

Karen said...

This is adorable! I love the pastel florals you chose for this little dress. Just perfect for Easter/Spring! Easter Blessings, Karen

SuperMomNoCape said...

Oh how pretty! I did a lot of sewing for our girls when they were little and they would have loved this dress as it looks like it would have a fun twirl factor.

Ann Thompson said...

Nicely done! I especially like the fabrics you picked -- like a bouquet of flowers! Any little girl would be delighted to wear this.

Elisabeth Rose said...

Thank you all for your nice comments. I wish one of my girls were still little enough to wear this! I really enjoyed making it!