Monday, September 10, 2012

Neon Sophisticate - Plaid Flannel Dress with Bias Cut Pleated Ruffles

Craftiments:  Neon Sophisticate, a plaid flannel dress with bias cut pleated ruffles

Project Run & Play Season 5 has begun and I am again participating in the sew along group!    The Week 1 Challenge is a remix of Katy's (of No Big Dill) A Very Biased Skirt pattern.  It's a gorgeous skirt with layer after layer of bias cut fabric strips sewn around.  I present my remix design.....Neon Sophisticate.

I decided to make a dress because my daughter prefers them to skirts. I used McCall's pattern M5458 view B, a pullover style dress with elastic casings under the chest and on the sleeves. I made some alterations to the pattern to change the style and improve the fit.  For dress fabric I chose a brushed-cotton, tartan flannel and a hot pink chiffon for the bias cut pleated ruffles.
McCall pattern M5458
Source: The McCall Pattern Company

Had I known the neckline on this dress would turn out wide and baggy, nothing like the photograph on the envelope, I may have chosen a different pattern. My daughter is very narrow in the shoulders and it looked like she was wearing an off the shoulder peasant top!  To make it fit, I gathered the neckline in the front and back just enough to keep the dress on her shoulders, and sewed a strip of double fold bias cut fabric around the neckline to hold it all in place.

Craftiments:  Back view of bodice

For a more tailored look, I opted to add cuffs to the sleeves instead of elastic.

Craftiments:  Sideview of bodice

Unlike the inspiration skirt, I chose to make pleated ruffles with my bias cut fabric strips.  I eyeballed my pleats, pinning them directly to the dress and sewing right down the center.

Craftiments:  Closeup of bias cut pleated ruffles

A few more shots.....

Craftiments:  Plaid flannel dress with bias cut pleated ruffles
Craftiments:  Plaid flannel dress with bias cut pleated ruffles

I even learned how to tie a tie!

Craftiments:  front view of bodice

You can't have a new dress without some fun accessories!  In keeping with the bias cut theme, I made this easy-peasy hair bow.  I cut two different sized rectangles of fabric on the bias, stacked one on top of the other, and wrapped them with a bias cut strip.  Put in a few stitches to hold together, hot glue to a barrette, and done!

Craftiments:  Easy hair bow made with bias cut fabric

If you follow me on Google+, you have seen these Day-Glo tights before.

Craftiments: Nylon tights dyed with neon food coloring

They used to be plain, white and boring.  Did you know that you can permanently dye nylon tights with food coloring just like wool or silk?  Nylon has a similar structure to protein fibers, so it can also be dyed with acid dyes.  If there is interest, I would be happy to write a tutorial.

Craftiments:  Nylon tights dyed with neon food coloring

I'll leave you with one last photo.  This little guy came to visit while we were photographing the dress.  Who says turtles are slow?  He ate that entire slice of bread in the fifteen minutes we were in the backyard!

A turtle visits


  1. Great dress! Your daughter will be the fashionista of the schoolyard, especially in those awesome tights. Thanks for sharing at Etcetorize this week~

  2. Darling dress and great idea for the wide neckline. I have that problem with my daughter's clothes too. :) The pleats are so fun!

  3. I love your dress. The bright colors are wonderful and the bias strips look very nice with the more tailored aspects.

  4. The dress turned out so cute. The bright colors with the classic pattern is a great combo.
    I'd love for you to link up to WKWW-What Kids Wore Wednesday Link Party this week at ONE little MOMMA!


  5. That is so pretty ! I've just signed up for a dressmaking class... what great inspiration !


  6. Cute dress and adorable turtle. I love the markings on his shell. Stopping by from Sew Can Do. Here is what I shared this week:

  7. This is such a cute dress. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this and any other posts. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesday to Sundays.
    I hope to see you there. I am your newest follower, and I would love for your to follow me also. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  8. How cute and I love the colored neon tights along with the hot pink! What a lucky girl to be able to get custom cool outfits and the turtle was so funny. Thanks so much for linking this and your other posts up on I Freakin did it Friday @ Miss Information, I hope to see you back this week!