Bitten Again by the Ruffle Bug

While sewing my casual knits the ruffles were calling my name, and I answered. The craving to sew ruffles was stronger than any craving I’ve ever had for chocolate, but I tried to be practical and made an all-purpose white shirt.

ivory silk ruffle top Of course it’s all-purpose!

Mood Fabric’s Ivory Solid Goes with Everything Silk really does go with everything in my closet!

It’s perfect with my re-fashioned floral pants….
ivory silk ruffle top

party ready with my celebration skirt….

ivory silk ruffle top

and very practical when combined with jeans for a walk in the park. That’s right – if Kate Spade wears silk to the flea market then I’m wearing silk to walk the dog :)

ivory silk ruffle top

I believe I can even take it to a formal level!

ivory silk ruffle topSewing this converted Cynthia Rowley dress pattern (Simplicity 2497) for the fourth time made for easy sewing. Since the ruffle is gathered down the center rather than along the seam line, my ruffler stayed in its box and I gathered it the old fashioned way. I also widened the ruffle along the lower neckline. The arms and neckline were finished with self made bias-strips from the silk fabric, and I hemmed the top by hand to get a truly invisible hem.

Just for fun I’m including the three previous tops from this pattern below.

ivory silk ruffle topEach is unique and my latest will certainly find its place in my wardrobe.

I truly love my new top but I don’t know which I love more, the pattern or this wonderful silk. I’ve already re-ordered four more yards!

… A very practical move if you ask me ;)

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Comments


  • Lauren
    May 8, 2013

    This is so pretty – and versatile! I love all the different ways you styled it – especially with those orange pants. Yes, you totally should wear silk to walk the dog. Why not? :)

    • Sarah Gunn
      May 10, 2013

      Thanks, Lauren! I love ruffles and would walk the dog in silk regardless of what KS wears :)

  • Lori
    May 8, 2013

    Oh, Sarah, that top is gorgeous, I love how you styled it and most of all you look fantastic in ruffles.

  • Manju
    May 8, 2013

    Love how you have styled all the outfits. Such a versatile piece! Great job.

  • coco
    May 9, 2013

    So pretty! Love ruffles on you. And enjoyed seeing your poppy version again, my very favorite.

    • Sarah Gunn
      May 10, 2013

      Ahh, thanks , Coco! The poppy is one of my all time favorites too!

  • Sandra
    May 9, 2013

    You are very suited to ruffles – I’m sure it will be a well loved piece in your wardrobe :-)

    • Sarah Gunn
      May 10, 2013

      Thank you, Sandra! It’s easy to go overboard when something works for me! Hope I don’t repeat myself too often :)

  • Cissie
    May 9, 2013

    Love you in ruffles! And I really like the fact that you widened the ruffle in the center a bit.

    • Sarah Gunn
      May 10, 2013

      Thanks, Cissie! I noticed my original inspiration for this top had widened the ruffle. I really like the alteration :)

  • Kay
    May 11, 2013

    It is beautiful, and it looks great worn every where :)

  • Ginger
    May 11, 2013

    This looks so pretty on you! I love it!

  • Jodie Hickman
    May 16, 2013

    I adore this blouse on you. I need to order some of this silk. I love everything you make!

  • Diana Deap
    May 17, 2013

    Oh so cute. Lucky you to be able to wear ruffles. Love it.