May 30, 2011

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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Mandy is a craft blogger who loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing, and DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City Area. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Google +

13 Fabulous Comments:

it came out soooo cute!!! Thank you again so much for playing along!!! Have a great Memorial Day :)

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

I really love the way it came out! I am for anything with ruffles!

How sweet is that! I love the ruffles - and the darling little model. :-)

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!

I love that bustle...ruffles are my fave!

adorable I have a little princess of my own not only does your model look like a little doll but I am sure you are quite proud of her as well come see what I shared at

I am just about to work on a bustle dress for my daughter. Thanks for sharing your tutorial! I love the finished dress!

Fabulous creation! Love love love the ruffles!

Oh I love a good bustle. very cute.

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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How stinking cute is that?! Love it!!

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