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« on: June 17, 2008 01:36:51 PM »

I really want to make a skirt with ruffles on it, but I don't know how. I couldn't find a tutorial on here and Google hasn't helped me much. Can anyone explain to me how to do it? Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2008 02:41:26 PM »

Have rrrrrridges?

Sorry, couldn't resist...  What sorts of ruffles do you want to make?  A ruffle is usually just a gathered rectangle of fabric that you sew onto a garment.  There are several methods of gathering; the most common is to run a basting stitch (or two) through the edge you wish to gather, then gently pull on the bobbin thread (being careful not to pull it all the way out!).  There are other, fancy types of ruffles that you can make, and you can layer any of them to get a really poofy look...so...got any pictures of what you'd like to do?   Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2008 03:04:55 PM »

Hahaha, rrrrridges!! I was totally hinting at that! Cheesy

I was going to make a layered skirt with ruffled layers. The ruffles looking like this. If you could help, I'd be very greatful!! Smiley <3
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« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2008 03:15:28 PM »

That is too cute!  And easier than you think!  Really, what you want to do is make three "skirts".  The first is the length of your first ruffle.  The second is twice as long as the first, and the third is three times as long as the first.  For a veryvery poofy skirt, you can make these circle skirts, with the waist cut to be 1.5X or your actual waist (give or take...for more "ruffle" make it bigger).  Now, attaching these is where you have options...essentially what you're shooting for, though, is to sew all three together at the waist-ish side, gather them together, and attach them to your waistband.  It's a little more complex than that, but that's the basic gist of it.

OR, you can make three rectangles whose length follows the above formula, and whose width is 1.5X or 2X your waist (again, depending upon how much poof you want), make tubes with your rectangles, attach, gather, etc.  You could vary the amount of gathering you have in each layer, to affect the poof, with more gather to the top layer, and less at the bottom, but that gets complicated what with the math and such.

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