I made the Nina Lee Moselle ruffle dress at the end of March in preparation for my holiday at Easter to Gran Canaria. This was a bit of a last minute make. I’ve loved the Moselle top and dress pattern since it was released last year but, as usual, hadn’t got around to making it.
Fast forward to March this year and I decided I wanted one for my holiday. It’s such a simple, on trend dress design that is perfect for hot weather. I bought the pattern (for the bargain price of £2.00) and went in search of fabric.
I knew I wanted a cotton or linen fabric and then I spotted a cute heart print chambray on Fabric Godmother’s website. A perfect match! I snapped up 2m of it and couldn’t wait to get started.
It’s a fairly simple make. It only has 2 pattern pieces – a bodice piece (as the front and back are the same) and the ruffle. There are no fastenings either. The dress is held up by the elasticated ruffle. You sew the ruffle to the dress between the notches and create an elastic chamber. Then you thread your elastic through before sewing it up. Obviously, it’s a good idea to check the fit and tightness (I can’t think of a better word) of the elastic before sewing it in place.
I bias bound my armholes, which I’d never done before but it gave a nice finish. Also, I couldn’t be bothered to hem the ruffle as it’s too fiddly so I just overlocked the edge which adds a nice feature. I did the same to the skirt but that was because I thought it would be too short if I turned it up for a hem. If I make another, I will add a little bit more length.
All in all, it’s a great summer dress which I think will get a lot of wear. It’s simple to make and I’d like to make more when the weather gets warmer.
Name: Moselle ruffle top and dress
Company: Nina Lee
Description: The Moselle Top and Dress features a fabulously flamboyant off-the-shoulder ruffle – perfect for sorting out any unfortunate tan lines! The pattern comes with 3 variations: a crop top, a short top that finishes with an elasticated waist, and a dress.
Printed of PDF: PDF only
Sizing: Sizes 6 – 20. I made a 14.
Fabric: Heart print chambray from Fabric Godmother
Difficulty rating: This pattern is designed to be beginner friendly. The hardest part is using bias binding on the arm scythes or attaching the elastic and chamber.
Difficulties encountered: None
Time taken: A couple of hours
Recommend: Yes. It’s a great simple dress and top. Perfect for warm weather!
What would I change: Add a little bit of length to the bodice
My favourite thing: The super cute ruffle.