How do you all feel about ruffles?
Since I started reading The Curated Closet, I keep thinking about the styles I admire versus the styles I would actually wear. I’ve decided that I admire pretty much anything and everything. Seriously, I’m making a style file right now and paring it down is the hardest part. Send help!
I have made one breakthrough so far: I know that I like “cute,” but I won’t usually wear it. It’s hard to define what I actually mean by cute. I’ll list some things to help clarify: frilly lace blouses, novelty print dresses, kitschy necklaces, bows, peter pan collars and pearl buttons. Get the idea? I ADORE them all, but when I wear them as advertised I feel like I’m playing dress up. So I’m learning that I can take a few of these elements and make them work for me. For example, I can handle a little frill when it’s on a simple knit top in a graphic print. Just the right amount of cute for me.
I think it might actually be hard to see the ruffle in this awesome print. It’s a polyester scuba knit I purchased from Fabric Mart back in February. It was an impulse buy, but I just loved all the cute hairstyles. I like that it’s very bold with the black and white, and that from far away it reads a little more abstract. I got a little bit of giggling and side eye from my sisters over the print, but even though they would never wear this sort of design in a million years, it feels very “me.”
For this top, I used the the Sewaholic Fraser sweatshirt pattern (View B). I’ve made it five times before; at least once in every view. So it really should have been a quick and easy make. However, it’s been almost two years since I last used the pattern, and I had really hacked it up. Long story short: the sleeve head is symmetric, so it does not matter that there are no notches on the pattern to indicate front and back. (To be clear, I think the fit of the sleeve/armscye is just fine, I just wish the pattern told you not to worry about front vs. back.)
I’ve made this pattern so many times because of the versatility (the different versions are fun for color blocking and using scraps!) and the fact that there’s no hemming to do (great, because I hate the twin needle with a passion). There are bands to finish the neckline, sleeves, and hem. I think that the next time I make it I will size up for a real sweatshirt fit. So far I’ve really only used it to make slim knit tops.
I created the ruffle pattern piece myself, based on some photos of similar garments, as well as my niece’s onesie (see what I mean by admiring the cute?). It was quite simple to make, so I made a little diagram showing how I did it.
This is not the end of ruffles for me, by the way! I have a couple more variations of this trend planned – partially because I can’t get enough, and partially because I’m putting off making what I really need: a winter coat!