Fluttering Bubbles

Several months ago, my mom came out to visit me from Colorado.  While she was here, we were able to get away, just the two of us, for a little trip to the LA fabric district.  It was so fun going there with my mom, as I usually sneak away by myself and go for a few hours.  It is always hit or miss, but on this particular trip, I found lots of lovely fabrics.  On our way back to the car, I passed by this one shop that had tons of ruffled fabric.  I saw this bubble one and asked the shop owner how much it was.
$7 per yard.
The cheapskate that I am, I tried to bargain him down, but he wouldn’t budge.  In the end, my mom bought me a yard of it, and we paid full price.
Anyway, when I got home, I looked up ruffled fabric online and found out that it can run about $16 a yard! Yikes!  I felt much better about the purchase.
So yesterday, I finally got to work.  I have seen lots of little dresses and some skirts made out of this stuff, but never a t-shirt style.  So I made a quick pattern out of an existing dress, and sewed the shoulder seams and side seams, being careful to line up the ruffles, just so!
…Kind of a pain, actually!
 I thought this little dress was going to be SO easy, but in reality, working with that fabric was kind of hard.  It was so wiggley and did not want to stay put!
What saved it was using my little trick, first shown to you here.  Elastic trim is my go-to for hemming knit/stretchy armholes and necklines.  It eliminates the gaping, and saves the projects!
{I almost gave up on this one, I was so frustrated with the ruffles…but then we wouldn’t have a post today and that would have been a disaster!}

I didn’t do a tutorial, as there aren’t many steps involved in the process, but I do have a few pictures and can provide one if anyone is interested. Just leave a comment, and if I get some requests, I will whip one up!