Silk Ruffle Blouson Dress



I completed this lovely dress just in time to wear to the wedding shower of our friend. Here is the journey of the construction of this dress.

I chose Butterick 5744 pattern to make the feminine ruffled blouson dress in a lovely silk crepe and silk habotai lining material that I purchased at Mill End Store in Milwaukie, OR. I made view A of the pattern with the plain skirt with the double ruffle of view B.

silk material draped on dress form

teal silk crepe de chine draped on my dress form


Butterick 5744 pattern


I was going for a pretty, feminine and romantic looking dress such as these styles:

Tory Burch blue ruffled dress

Tory Burch dress

Nicole RIchie in a pretty yellow dress

yellow dress on Nicole Richie

Tan ruffle neck dress from Karen Millen

Ruffle neck dress from Karen Millen

pink blouson dress from Cynthia Rowley

Pink blouson dress from Cynthia Rowley $330

tank dress in peach with neckline ruffle

ruffle neck tank dress

So I took my pattern to the Open Sewing session held at Mill End Store in Beaverton last Saturday and was able to get some great assistance and personal fitting attention from sewing expert Elizabeth Miles. We cut out the pattern pieces, pinned the pattern tissue pieces together and I slipped it on. Elizabeth was able to fit the pattern tissue to my body.

We decided that the pattern needed a few tweaks for the best fit. We added a bust dart and did a slight full bust adjustment, as well as added about an inch to the bottom hem of the bodice front and back.

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Elizabeth was such a great help for me to fit this dress, I can’t thank her enough for her time and attention. I will be going back to that session for help on other sewing projects for sure!

So on to the cutting and sewing of my dress.

I added 2″ to the hem of the skirt using a chalk outline as I cut out the pattern. The chalk line is a little faint in this photo:



And here is the lining cutting layout:





As I sewed, I made French seams for the skirt side seams for both the dress and the lining:


Sew a narrow 1/4″ seam wrong sides together, press flat, trim and press open


press edges of seam flat


right sides together, sew seam again, enclosing the first seam



completed French seam

All in all, I am very pleased with my finished  dress and was excited to wear it to the shower!


ruffle neckline blouson dress in silk




13 thoughts on “Silk Ruffle Blouson Dress

  1. Absolutely beautiful! The color, the pattern, the fit, the construction – all perfect. I hope you feel like a million dollars in this dress because you sure do look like it!

  2. It’s great to see you learning and practicing the fitting techniques you experienced when I was there with Pati and Marta. Your silk garments are making me rethink my choice of fabrications for my blouses and dresses.

    • Tissue fitting is the way to go for sure! Silk is a wonderful choice for blouses and dresses, for the right pattern and design of course. Go for it, you not be disappointed!

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