Hey Mermaids! The Holly pattern was just released and like most Made for Mermaids patterns, is loaded with options (see all the options here). Of course, that doesn’t stop us from giving you even MORE options! Megan G. modified her Double Ruffled Dress to have an ‘exposed’ ruffle. I love the look of this, as it brings a whole new dimension of texture to the dress and is very popular in the boutique clothing world.
I’m here today to show you how to to it! If you don’t have it yet, you will need to purchase Holly here. You will be constructing your double ruffle dress exactly as sewn in the tutorial, up through step 12 of the tutorial. Since we are adding ruffles, we will skip step 13, and start modifying our construction in step 14.
Follow step 14 to create two, continuous loops of ruffles. Hem both the bottom and top ruffle as per the tutorial. Take your BOTTOM ruffle and set it aside. Next, take your TOP ruffle and hem the top of the ruffle, just as you hemmed the bottom of that ruffle. You should now have both long edges of the top ruffle finished.
Gather the BOTTOM ruffle as instructed in the tutorial. Attach the BOTTOM ruffle ONLY to the skirt, as per the tutorial. Press the seam allowance up, and topstitch if desired.
We will now attach the TOP ruffle to our skirt, right on top of the skirt/ruffle seam. Run gathering stitches along the top of the TOP ruffle. Place the wrong side of the TOP ruffle on top of the RIGHT side of the skirt, right above the skirt/ruffle seam. Pull bobbin threads, matching side seams and center point of both skirt and ruffle. Distribute gathers evenly and pin in place. You may find it easier to use a fusible hem tape to keep ruffle in place.
Stitch ruffle to skirt and remove gathering stitches.
Ahhhh, so cute!!! I absolutely adore Megan’s version! Don’t forget to share what you’ve made in the Made for Mermaids Facebook Pattern Group. #hollypattern #madeformermaids #dreamycollection. Don’t forget to grab the other stunning dresses in the Dreamy Collection! Just like Holly, Isla, Juliette and Annabelle can be dressed up or down and are loaded with options.