Sewn: Ruffled Halter Top

October 03, 2017

Ruffled Halter

I messed up on this sewing project big time. First of all, it wasn't supposed to be a top, but a summer dress. When I cut the fabric I didn't mark the bust darts, and wondered why the pattern pieces didn't match up, so I trimmed it, thinking I might have messed up taping the pdf printed pages together. The resulting top was way too short to be attached to an elastic waist, and there I was wondering what in the world went wrong, because it was also looser than it should have been.

You see, I was SO busy improvising how to add a full lining for the top, because my fabric was a bit sheer, that I completely forgot the darts. The lining now, oh that lining, is beautiful. It's perfect. It worked out exactly as planned. And I loved that open back! I'd never made one like it before, and the back also turned out beautifully. But WOE! How could I salvage all that hard work?

Ruffled Halter

The solution I came up with was to add a bit of length with a ruffle. I'm not really a ruffle kind of girl, but I think it works here, and I like this top more than I ever expected. So there's another one for my handmade summer wardrobe.

I wonder if I'll ever get any winter sewing done. One day, maybe, but I'm just too happy to wear sweaters and leggings all winter long.

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