This was my first attempt to make a dress that was fitted to my exact measurements and didn't rely on gathers to fit. It went pretty good all things considered.
It started out as a shirt from Downeast Basics. I cut the bottom of the shirt off and used it to make ruffles along the neckline of the dress. Used some awesome elastic I found on Etsy- some sweet fabric from Joann's- and some buttons I found on clearance at Joann's as well.
It's kind of a combination of the Anthro Inspired Ruffle Shirt and the Polka Dot Dress, except I tried to mix things up by adding buttons to each side of the ruffle and made the skirt more fitted.
I loved this apple fabric so much because of the feel of it- it's a knit, but its kinda nubby in texture and I thought it looked vintagey- like something my grandma would have used to sew with.
But then I looked at the price tag and it was 12.99 per yard. Ouch! So I put it on my wish list and watched for it to go on sale for a few months. One day as I was browsing Joann's, I walked past this fabric and it was 60% off but there was barely any left of it. (Guess everyone loved it like I do too) So I snatched up the bolt and ran to the cutting counter to see if there was a full yard left. Luckily there was exactly a yard and so I took it!!!! Combined with my extra 20% coupon it cost roughly less than $4 per yard. Steal!