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Turning ’60’ Frock

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Back view - hem is created with many angles.

OK – I have to keep saying it in order to believe it, ‘get my mind around it’ that  I’m blessed to be turning the big 60 this month…so since I’m lucky enough to have a wonderful dancing husband and a great dance hall and friends down the street that we love to go to on Friday nights (when I’m home anyway), I’ve decided the event demands a ‘youthful’ new dress.

I purchased this ‘ruffle fabric’ from Emma Seabrooke at the Martha Pullen show in Orlando in FL.  Yesterday I played ‘designer’ and started draping it on my duct tape double.  I guess I’m so hooked on taking photos of steps as I design and sew – that it was natural to snap some photos of the process.  I had 2.5 yards of this black ruffle fabric – sprinkled with fuchsia glittery sparkles.  It appears that I’ll have plenty of fabric – even enough left over for a top of some type.  This popular ‘ruffle’ fabric is created with horizontal ruffles – which I feel is NOT flattering to most figures.  Diagonals, however, ARE flattering – so I started out draping it over my right shoulder at an angle – then just started pinning, marking and cutting.