When the idea of Sugar Plum was first being developed, I wanted to make sure I tested all kinds of different variations and ideas so that people who did not have a serger or ready access to stretch fabrics would still have an option.
For this Sugar Plum I used all woven fabrics with no stretch. And I did not use a serger at all for the flounces or neck ruffle. The instructions suggest either using a rolled hem on your serger or a narrow zig zag on your sewing machine.
The bodice is a silky polyester from Joann’s and the bottom is woven eggplant suiting also from Joanns. Both of these fabrics are readily available in several colors at the local fabric store.
For the skirt, since it is non-stretch, I went up one size. This works because I like to wear my clothes fairly form fitting. If you want to use a woven fabric, and don’t know how much to go up, take a skirt you like the fit of from your closet and measure the waist and hips. Then compare that measurement to the finished garment measurements of Sugar Plum and then you can see what size bottom you might like.
The flounces and neck ruffle were made completely on the sewing machine. I used a zig zag and went slowly to make sure I caught the curves. Here is an extreme close up so you can see how it turned out. While it is not 100% perfect, you can see that the effect of all the flounces together completely distracts the eye and they still look wonderful.
As you can see from above, I wore this to Gertie’s party at Sew LA. And guess what? Not a single sewist there said anything about my flounces not being perfect!
For this version, I used the same fabric for the bias trim on the waistband instead of using a contrast like I did on the Houndstooth version and the Neon Coral version. It is kind of hard to see in these photos.
The zig zag may not work on every type of fabric, especially if it is a fabric that frays a lot. Your best bet is to practice on some spare flounces and test your fabric and stitches to find the best combination.
All in all, this experiment was a success. Sugar Plum can definitely be made out of all non-stretch fabrics and be made without a serger! If one of these reasons was keeping you from buying the pattern, hopefully this changes your mind!
If you still need to get your Sugar Plum, you can get it here in the shop!
Also, the response to the Houndstooth Sugar Plum kit has been wonderful! There are only a few kits left so if you want one, make sure to place your order soon!