Iris wore her first Juliette dress a lot, so I knew I would make another one for her. My kids don't always wear every dress I make for them and definitely land on their favorites. They generally like casual dresses with simple lines. If anything feels too fancy, it gets relegated to a near permanent position in the closet. Although, thankfully, that happens infrequently, as I have come to know their individual preferences more and more.
Even though the Juliette dress does have the ruffled neckline, it has an overall casual feel that pairs well with Iris' beloved cowgirl boots. She wears her other Juliette dress with a crocheted cardigan a lot as well. So this is one pattern that she loves.
On my last Juliette dress post, I asked if anyone had any tips for making the back part of the collar less ruffled. I got a lot of great suggestions, which you can find in the comment section of that post.
Thanks so much, guys! The sewing community is so awesome!
I decided to go with the easiest option suggested by Masha, which was to simply overlap a portion of the back part of the ruffle piece. That worked beautifully. (Masha is in general a genius when it comes to perfecting fit.) I overlapped the back middle portion - between the shoulder notch and back edge - by 3/4". Then I cut a muslin and gathered it to be sure I was happy with the fit. That was all there was to it.
I added 1" in length to the ruffle, like I did last time. Also, rather than sew the back edges of the ruffle to be flush with the edges of the dress back, I cut a 3/4" triangle off of the back ruffle at each back edge. This allowed the ruffle to lay flatter.
The dress back ties with bias binding. Make sure to order enough fabric if you plan to go with this option. I had to do some serious pattern layout ninja-ing to make this work.
I made this dress in a Japanese cotton lawn from Miss Matatabi. It's from the same line as Indigo's skirt here. It washes and wears so beautifully. It reminds me of a Liberty lawn, with just a bit more substance. I ordered them both months ago, and I'm not seeing it on her website now. She might be sold out?
Thanks again for the ruffle alteration suggestions. I'm so happy with this outcome.