The beauty of creating your own personalized wardrobe is the ability to allow yourself to experiment. When I use to shop for clothes, I was very strategic in how I spent my money. I had to absolutely love something in order to purchase it. Making your own clothes gives you the creative freedom to step outside your comfort zone and take fashion risks.
Then enters this dress with a million ruffles I probably wouldn't have looked twice but have since fallen in love. This dress was made using this polyester twill that will make you throw out your misconceptions about polyester. Let me start off by saying, the online listing DOES NOT do this fabric justice. Nothing about it reads polyester or $9.99 a yard. It's a medium weight fabric with lots of body and movement which made it perfect for all these ruffles. It's easy to sew and cut but a little more challenging to iron so keep that in mind.
The pattern used for this dress was vintage McCalls 4722 which I used because I've altered this pattern before and I'm familiar with how the neck and armhole fit. Any shift dress pattern will work to give you these results.
-Removed the front chest seam
-Cut the front on the fold
-Added a back seam and a 12" zipper
-Added 10" to the length
-Cut 2 asymmetric side panels to each side
-Cut 4 5"x80" ruffle panels, sew 2 of the panels together and attach the panels at seams by pleating, starting at the hem of the front, around the sleeve and ending at the hem in the back.
-Added a 8"x31" ruffle under the continuous ruffle to provide more volume.
Chandler's dress was self-drafted