Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Ruffle skirt Tutorial

As per promised, here is my 'adding ruffles' to a skirt Tutorial. I have never done a Tute before so bear with me......
I started with this corduroy skirt that was a bit too short for my Daughter. I measured the bottom of the skirt. Mine was 19inches, then you x that by 2= for the total circumference. This totalled 36inches.

To make a ruffle, you need at least twice that amount to allow for the ruffle. I didn't have 72inches of fabric so I cut 4 strips of the fabric I used. Four strips of 19inches by 3.5 inches. Then the second ruffle was four strips of 19inches by 2.5 inches.
I then sewed all the strips together
(4 and then the next 4) and pressed down the seams.
Then, I folded and ironed down one side of the long strip for a hem and sewed that.

Next, to make the ruffle, you want your machine on the longest stitch length and a higher tension (this makes it ruffle automatically)

Start sewing on the non hemmed side to start the ruffle.

Now, you want to make sure that the ruffle length is the same as the skirt bottom. You will have to tighten and pull the thread to make it work. Then you want to pin both ruffles to your skirt (this is what takes some time) You pin them right sides together and upside down, with the shorter ruffle against the skirt...does that make sense?

Next, sew it on!!

Then flip it over, the right way, press it down and then sew a top stitch over the ruffles. This isn't necessary but it looks nicer and flattens out the ruffles a bit :)

ET VOILA!! You are finished!

I hope you enjoyed my Tutorial! If you have any questions just let me know in the comment section. If you make one, I'd love for you to link it up to my comment section!!


Deena said...

good job on the tutorial...these are really cute!

yyam said...

Thanks for sharing the tutorial! Love to add some ruffles somewhere! ;)

Vanessa said...

great tutorial totally makes sense..your skirts are so cute!