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Is Jaime a Ruffle Kinda Gal?

This is a photo of a woman wearing a pink ruffled shirt standing against a white wall.

 

I've recently been attracted to ruffles and I'm not sure how I feel about them. I mean, I love them, but can I wear them? Am I a ruffle person? Can one wear Teva's with ruffles? There is only one way to find out... sew up a couple of ruffly items and then see how they look and if I wear them. First up - a Florence Top by Merchant and Mills in a petal pink linen.

Pattern: Florence Top (max bust 42")
Fabric: Graph Linen Yarn Dye in Petal (1.75 yd)
Size : 12 (for size 35.75" bust)
Modifications: none

This is a photo of a woman wearing a pink ruffled shirt standing against a white wall.

This is a unique shaped top that features buttons down the back. The top swoops up in the back, but a larger ruffle means that it has the same hemline all the way around. It's been a long time since I've sewn a Merchant and Mills pattern and I have to admit, they used to be a bit clunky. It might have been the jump from UK to US terminology in sewing, but I felt like this pattern had great instructions and diagrams and was easy to follow. Bravo Merchant and Mills!

This is an up close photo of a pink shirt's ruffles and button closures

The instructions particularly on attaching and gathering the huge ruffle made the daunting task come together quite easily. Also, just an FYI, a ruffle is called a "frill" in the UK.

This is a photo of a woman wearing a pink ruffled shirt standing against a white wall.

I don't think I need to say anything about these 100% linens from Candian-based Gordon fabrics. They are as dreamy to sew with and wear as they look. I cannot praise them enough! I've already cut some of another check yarn-dyed linen from them for a dress. Linen all summer long!

This is an up close image of a ruffle on a pink linen fabric shirt

My overall verdict is still out... while everyone gave me compliments on my new shirt, it is a lot of ruffle! It will take some getting used to, but I'm excited to wear this some more and see how my feelings on frill evolve.

 

This is a photo of a woman wearing a pink ruffled shirt standing against a white wall.

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