Frill Hack Dress
Posted on Friday the 13th March 2020 by Jessalli Handmade
I’m hoping you like my March post as much as I do. I must admit it, it is another Nora top, BUT I’ve made it into a cute ruffle dress which I think you’ll all love.
The pattern is the Nora Top by Tilly and the Buttons
(surprise, surprise). But I added a skirt and ruffles to the sleeves to create this super cute sweater dress. I’m so happy with how it turned out. The only down side was the amount of fabric I used for the skirt, I could have made it much more gathered by adding two skirt pieces, instead of one, but I ran out of fabric.
The fabric I chose was this gorgeous Cotton Jersey Fabric
in Bordeaux. It’s a beautiful weight, with enough drape, without being too heavy. It washes really well and I adore this wine colour. It’s not a colour I usually wear but I love it. I think it’s the perfect weight for this transition into spring.
I didn’t make any sizing modifications to the original pattern at all. As it’s not a fitted pattern, I just went by my bust measurement. I cut the bodice to finish 5.5” above the front cropped hem mark. And then cut out the sleeves at elbow length.
I then cut two rectangles of jersey for the ruffles measuring (SLEEVE EDGE LENGTH x 2) by about 5”. Then the Skirt I use the whole width of the fabric by the length I wanted it to finish. If I had more fabric, I would have cut two lengths for the skirt so it was extra gathered, but it may have weighed the dress down too much? Maybe a future experiment.
So my summary; if you fancy giving this pattern hack a go, it’s not that difficult and you can easily make a really cute dress to transition into spring with. The fabric is perfect for this type of thing and if you haven’t been convinced to get the Nora pattern yet, clearly I’m doing something wrong.
I hope you like what I made this month.
Happy Handmade everyone!