16 April 2010

Spring Top 1: Purple Ruffle Top

Here's Spring Top number 1: My Purple Ruffle Shoulder Top

Purple Ruffle Top Detail

A little secret: this used to be an Old Navy maxi dress that I wore throughout my entire twin pregnancy. The tummy was a little stretched out (and a lot stained...ahem) and I didn't think I'd wear again. Here's a little view of the dress in it's former maternity life:

2 months pregnant
 4 months pregnant 
 8 months pregnant

I started with the Chickadee pattern on BurdaStyle for the cute sleeve shape and a block for doing raglan type top. I added width in the middle front and gathered it into the neckline binding. I used the pre-existing hem on the dress and gave it a kind of straight flowy fit. Then I gathered some 1 1/2" strips and pinned them on the left shoulder in a fun swirly arrangement.
Purple Ruffle Top

I wore this top all day and went shopping with the girlies at Target, hung diapers on the line, and all the normal daily stuff with the girls too.  I love how cool it was in this super warm weather.  I think the purple ruffle top will quickly become a favorite and happy for the challenge to make it. Thanks, Rae :)


Valyre said...

Wow! It doesn't even look like the same dress and the flower/ruffles are crazy cute! You did an awesome job!

Chelsea said...

I love it! You did a great job! That color look so good on you.

Christine Ashley said...

so thrifty and very spring chic! I love it!

prudence rabbit said...

So pretty! I love your variation of the pattern. Nice job on the upcycling, too.