Bustle Dress – Pattern Remix

Did you gals see me on the pattern remix series over at Me Sew Crazy last week??  I have to admit, I love to follow instructions so I don’t have to think on my own – so this opportunity made me think outside my sewing box.  Remix a pattern!?!?  I told myself I could do it….

I really like the dress on Simplicity 3513 – simple and cute. I’ve it a couple of times for my girls.  Since it’s pretty basic I thought it’d be a good remix….

Simplicity 3513 Sewing Pattern Jacket Dress Top Capri Pants Size 7 -14

The first thing that came to mind was a bustle – they seem to be all the rage in the craft blog world.  I’ve seen a lot of them, but I hadn’t seen a tutorial, so I just made it up as I went.  With the back pattern piece I cut out a triangle.  (Mental note – next time the triangle needs to go a lot higher, so the bustle hits on the rear, not the back of the knees.)

 With the triangle piece that I cut out, I sewed on pre-ruffled layers of tulle and coordinating fabric – here it is with a few strips on:

 Next on the main back piece I sewed on a strip of pleats for a finished edge.  You could also just turn it under.  Then I sewed the cut-out triangle back into it’s spot.

 The back turned out like this, pretty cute:

Another alteration I made was to omit the sleeves.  I just left them off and then turned under and topstitched that raw edge where the sleeves were supposed to go – and also added that flower for interest (it’s a gathered flower, rolled up – I show a how-to here):

Here’s the front view – – thanks for making me broaden my horizons!!  Oh, but I did stick in my comfort zone of using sheets as fabric – love that :)

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  1. says

    thanks for showing the tutorial. i have admired this type of skirtvfor a while but havent taken the time to figure it out. i think i’ll give it a try for an up coming birthday dress

  2. says

    Absolutely adorable and a mighty pretty model you have there, too. I’m afraid I have to stick pretty close to the pattern but may give it a try. I don’t have a serger, so may have to think of another way to finish the edges. Yours look so nice.

    Thanks for inspiring me!

  3. says

    Thank you for sharing this! I’ve been looking for ideas to make some more interesting skirts for my daughter, all the patterns I have right now are so simple. I can’t wait to try this on a skirt.

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