My best friend's birthday has come and gone and I've only just now finished her present. However, it's pretty fabulous, especially if you're into volume. Ruffles aren't something I'd attempted before, but I really like the look of a lot of Kate Towers' dresses. I think they're all swell, but the pleated ruffles she has here are especially lovely:
I already had a yard and a half of lovely dusty blue linen I wanted to use for the ruffles, but it had a few issues as it's stiff and frays easily. I knew I didn't want it to bulk up if I put the hem on the inside (thereby having two layers), and definitely didn't want to have the linen fray away, so I just did everything I could think of to the edges.