E&E Ruffle Top pattern : a review, tutorial, discount code and give-away!

A few weeks ago, Heidi from Elegance & Elephants and I almost simultaneously released our first ever patterns-for-sale. We’ve been online friends for quite a while now, and as we really like each other’s style, we decided to do a little swap: I would use her fabulous Ruffle Top Dress, while she would give my Bubble Dress a try (check out her version here).
While I thought her original Ruffle Top dresses were absolutely adorable, I was blown away even more by the little pattern hack she did for the Kids’ Clothes Belgian Style series: she replaced the ruffles with piping, and the bias collar with facing. The result was amazing.
So I decided to do the exact same thing. Picking the fabric took me forever (I changed my mind about 15 times) but eventually I went for Alexander Henry’s Golden Garden in Teal (bought here). When the fabric arrived, though, I started having doubts all over again: the flowers were a lot larger than I expected, and there were these instances of gold paint, and didn’t that Chinese character look rather cheap, and, and, and, … I was pretty sure that the finished dress would look like a Carnival’s costume rather than a nice Summer’s dress, and with Carnival still being ten months away, that wasn’t really a good prospect.
Luckily, when the dress was fininshed, my fears turned out to be completely unnecessary, and that has everything to do with the brilliance of Heidi’s pattern. The simple lines and perfect shape helped me make one of my favorite projects so far, and Norah was really happy with the dress too.

The pattern comes with very clear and detailed instructions. On top of that, the dress is also easy to assemble and therefore a pretty fast project. In fact, I think what I spent most time on was placing the patterns on the fabric. I wanted the print to continue through the piping, and I also wanted no Chinese characters on the dress. After about two hours of trying, though, I had to conclude that it would be impossible to exclude the Chinese characters entirely, so now there is one on the back of the dress.

In the original version of the pattern, the neck line is finished off with bias ribbon, and so the back opening has a separate ‘placket’. For the adapted version, I used facing for the neck, and I decided to draw one single facing for the neck and back opening. In the picture below I show how I did this – it is super simple, and a really easy and fast way to finish any dress with such an opening.

Would you also like to give this great pattern a try? Heidi is giving a discount to StraightGrain readers. For the next five days, the code STRAIGHTGRAIN gives you a $1 discount on the pattern.

In addition, you can also win the pattern. 

To ENTER the giveaway you must:
1.   Follow StraightGrain via Bloglovin’, Blogger, Facebook or email
2.  Leave a comment below in which you let me know which version you would make (top, swing dress, A line dress, or A-line dress with piping instead of ruffles?)
3.  For an additional entry, follow or like Elegance & Elephants
The give-away ends Sunday night Eastern Standard Time. Good luck!

94 thoughts on “E&E Ruffle Top pattern : a review, tutorial, discount code and give-away!

  1. Your version is amazing! The color is beautiful, and I can't believe how well you matched up the print. Love everything about it! I would probably make a dress with piping or possibly a tunic with piping. Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. Hi – I follow you on facebook and blogger. I adore what you did with the piping – so chic yet great on a young child – I would definately use the pattern to replicate a version like that 🙂

  3. I follow you on facebook and blogger. I love the chic piping Aline version – so tailored but looks great on little girls – I would sew a version in A-line!

  4. Love this!!! I would definitely make a top, probably without the ruffle for my first try, since my daughter needs some badly! Oh and I follow you on FB! Thanks so much!!

  5. Love the piping version that you made. I would make 3 different versions since I have 3 little girls, 10 mo to 6 yo, to sew for! I follow both you and E&E on Feedly and FB! Thank you for a chance to win the pattern!

  6. I already follw you and Elegance and Elephants via bloglovin. I would choose to make the a-line dress with piping. I have never tried it but I would love to practice it on this dress! I love your version!

  7. what a great dress! i absolutely adore the A-line dress with piping, would love to make this for the little girls in my life! …following StraightGrain (and e&e) on facebook 🙂

  8. I already have the ruffle dress pattern, so please exclude me from the giveaway (hoping to sew it during KCW!). But I wanted to say, An, I love your version of it! Great idea to do the facing, and I love how you matched the pattern across the front. So lovely!

  9. and finally… I think i would start with the little a-line dress, but definitely want to make that swing dress… it's adorable! can see it done in color to make *princess* dresses as halloween/dressup dresses…

  10. I've been a follower of your blog for awhile now (the clothes you design and sew for your daughter are awesome) and I like this version of the ruffle dress with the piping. To buy or not to buy?? Thanks for the discount opportunity as well as the giveaway chance.

  11. I would love to make a couple of summery tunics with ruffles and piping (not on the same top tho 🙂 in love with piping right now!) for my little girl but I have a feeling she'll have other ideas if she sees the swing dress version first! (p.s. I like you and E&E on fb)

  12. ik volg jou en Elegance & Elephants
    aangezien ik momenteel aan mijn eerste jurkje bezig ben, zou ik voor de gemakkelijkste versie gaan 🙂 (iemand die weet wat de gemakkelijkste versie is. :))

  13. Great outcome! Follow you by e-mail. Love the A line dress with piping, but would like to try all of them – have 3 girls to test all the versions ;-).

  14. Oh my isn't this just stunning! I would love to try all versions, the ruffle is so cute and both my girls would love it, but if I had to chose I would try the style with the piping and I have the perfect fabric for it.

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