The Claire T »
Type of item: Clothing
Pre-ruffled stretch fabric
What was your inspiration?
This is my second ruffle top from Emma Seabrooke's pattern, the Claire T. This fabri is black with gold highlights and is NOT see-through, even though the photo might suggest that. This fabric was difficult to photograph with the gold highlights.
What are you most proud of?
This top fits perfectly! I put the body ruffles at a diagonal and then made the sleeves run the length of the ruffles to give the sleeve a waterfall effect instead of horizontal ruffles. I had to piece the 2nd sleeve because when I cut it the first time, I had one set of ruffles falling toward the front of the top and the other toward the back which made it look like I had one sleeve of gold/black ruffles and the other sleeve was entirely black!
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Get Emma's addendum handout to the pattern. It is a laminated sheet with tips for working with the ruffle fabric and how to handle seams, etc.