This was originally posted on September 12, 2007 at Suture for a Living.
My eleven year old niece who lives near has decided to take part in Cotillion. She will learn manners and proper social behavior in the context of formal dance. She will need to dress up in formal attire. Because of her age, she is expected to have her arms and shoulders covered. That’s where I come in. She is a tall, slender girl. Her dresses needed altered at the side seams and for one the straps. She also needed shrugs.
I took up the two dresses you see here. Then I found the McCall’s pattern shown, bought some organza and lace trim. I used French seams for the side, shoulder, and sleeve seams. The French seams will keep the seams from raveling and “will provides a clean, finished, professional look to the inside of the garment“. The lace provided the finish to the edges.
The use of the delicate organza fabric and lace gives the shrugs a more formal appearance. Unlike the photos on the front of the pattern where more casual type fabrics (denim, cotton knit, etc).
Free Pattern for Shrug at About.com