I used New Look 6962, view B. Here's how it all went down:
I had some Amy Butler "Tumble Roses" yardage that I'd been saving for something. I had it in mind to do the neckline and band at the bottom in what was left of some pink polka dot Tutti Frutti from Jo-Ann's. HOWEVER, much to my irritation, I did something backwards, and ended up with the neckline contrast on the inside.
|aaargh! well, it's a nice-looking facing, anyway.|
|and this is what the outside looked like. Certainly not BAD, just not what I had in mind.|
First, I made two simple ruffles by putting the sewing machine tension high, the stitch length long (baste length), and sewing straight up the middle of the fabric strips. Then I pulled on one of the threads to bunch them up a little more. Laid them out and pinned where I wanted them to go on my top. (One at a time.) So far, so good.
Look at the bottom of the ruffles though. They're raw.
You have to fold them under.
So, once the ruffle (one at a time) was folded under at the top & bottom and pinned in place, I stitched up one side (not the middle), letting the folds get folded up as I sewed along. Then I did this up the other side too. THEN, took out the basting in the middle.
|Sometimes the seam ripper can be used for good, not just evil!|
Here are some pics of me, trying to get a good shot of myself in the mirror...
The conclusion: I totally love this top. I think it's flattering, comfortable, and it looks awesome over jeans. And what's not to love about anything involving Amy Butler fabric?
And we're linking!