I used the rest of Mum’s old dress to make a ruffle wrap for my niece, to match the skirt.
I started off with a strip cut from the under dress to form the base. This layer of the dress was cut on the bias, so my strip is now bias cut without any effort. This will help it sit nicely around her shoulders.
I also cut two narrow extra strips for the straps.
The edges are sewn together down the long edge leaving a small gap for turning in the middle, then the seam is pressed open lying in the centre of the strip.
The straps are tucked in and the ends stitched,
and then the whole thing is turned right side out, ta da!
I cut two strips of lace net from the lace over dress like this.
And then joined them up and gathered them.
Then I did the same with a strip of tulle in a contrasting lime green colour. The gathered strips were layered, pinned on and sewn down the middle of the base.
Next I made some flowers from the remaining lace net and some wine coloured tricot knit (petticoat fabric).
And sewed them on so it looks like this.
This is how it will be worn on the body, but on a much smaller person.
It took me all school holidays (two weeks) just to make the roses and sew them on! Now that the kids are back at school and kindy I’ll have to buckle down and get some real sewing done.