Recently my Friend Leslie was the flower girl in a jet-setting wedding to Mexico. As the flower girl, she needed to "sort of" match the wedding party which were wearing these very pretty, diagonal ruffle dresses, with a black belt and strapless tops. As she is a beautiful curvy woman, she felt that the length and the strapless top might be a problem for her, so she approached me about making a dress for her. As I am not the best seamstress in the world ( I do my best, but gosh darn it, I am just not..) I didn't want to risk cutting my own pattern, so I went with a simple pattern from simplicity and modified it. The cool part about the ruffles was that you can just buy fabric already ruffled so it was really easy that way. Basically I made the dress as it was in the pattern then I added the ruffle bit on top gathered at the waist. Then I added the belt which is the white fabric covered in black lace. I did the same with straps which I made wider as to give a bit more of a cute look. My friend had a great time at the wedding ( SO jealous of a trip to Mexico during our first snow fall..) She said she felt like a princess and I am so glad. The very best part about the whole thing is her and I worked out a trade for the dress - She got a great dress and I got a mattress set that is so comfortable and awesome. I think trading is an awesome way to do business!