Way Over the Top

When it comes to ruffles on little girl dresses, there is no such thing as too much. Because of the crazy print, it may be hard to see in the photo, but there is a v-shaped ruffle on the front and 3 teirs of ruffles on the skirt. DD the older just loves it. Unfortunately, she is not all that into modeling at the moment.

It is very loosely based on an Ottobre pattern. The original pattern had a zipper up the back. DD hates back zippers, so I took it out, added 4″ of ease to the back, and put elastic on the back near the top and the waist. It seems to work fine. She can get it over her head and it stays on her body.

Back view. You can see the elastic near the neckline and at the waist.

Fabric. It is a large scale print that we bought on sale at Ikea for $1.99 a yard.

Here’s my gallery of Ikea fabric dresses:

One of last year's Ikea print dresses. Click on the pic for the blog post about it.

The other of last year's dresses. Click on the photo for more info on this dress.



  1. Posted January 12, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I love that little dress. Super cute. That fabric will look so pretty on her too!

  2. frifris
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Oh, this is lovely! Strange, but I find little girls can wear big prints and look so cute.

  3. Posted January 12, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Over the top? May be, but I’ll bet she loves it.

  4. Posted January 13, 2011 at 6:41 am | Permalink | Reply

    You’re right – for a little one, there can’t be too many ruffles, but I also like it in this fabric…very John Galliano!

  5. Posted January 13, 2011 at 9:19 am | Permalink | Reply

    I love little girl dresses that aren’t necessarily made from girlish fabric, but are still girly. Totally cute Claudine!

  6. Posted January 13, 2011 at 11:40 am | Permalink | Reply

    Oh! I had that fabric, too! 😀 You made better use of it than me, though – mine became a weekend bag but the waterproof plastic I fused to it was GROSS and ruined the whole bag. It’s now sat in my sewing room waiting to be dismantled for parts. 😦

  7. Posted January 13, 2011 at 11:56 am | Permalink | Reply

    I would totally wear that (well, if it were about 60 degrees warmer). There are never too many ruffles!

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