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Topic: How to sew a big, fluffy, clown-esque collar/ruff ?  (Read 10858 times)
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« on: September 30, 2010 01:47:37 PM »

Hello fellow crafters,

I'm struggling hard to do a big and fluffy ruff, similar like these ones:

http://0.tqn.com/d/sewing/1/0/q/8/2/clowncollarfinished.jpg

http://ny-image0.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.120490156.jpg


I did lots of research already and now know how to do the millstone collars but I want something different - I don't want the neat looking millstone ones, but something similar to this fluffy clown-like versions!

Although I tried a couple of times, gathering different lengths of tulle, I never got that desired big and fluffy effect, it was always "too neat", not so much fullness as the ones shown above.

Anyone an idea about how to do it ? Which method of gathering is the best for it ? How much tull (or maybe a different fabric ?) is needed ?

Hope someone could help  *sigh*
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« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2010 05:08:00 PM »

Are you using enough separate layers of ruffles?  The top pic looks like there are four separate layers of ruffle.  These would need to be ruffled separately and then sewn individually onto a base.

The second pic, of tulle, probably has at least a dozen separate ruffles, all sewn to a base.
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« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2010 06:57:06 PM »

The first one could also possibly be two layers ruffled down the middle, and then folded and joined.  I don't know why, but it seems like you'd get more poof that way.  It was also probably starched before being gathered.  And there could possibly (alternately?) be fishing line stitched into the serged edges.  I'm a fan of two lines of basting stitches for gathering, but for the tulle, I'd probably do the zigzag stitch over dental floss or fishing line, for a smooth, tight gather.  Also, the layers in the tulle one don't look like they're all exactly the same size.  I'd say there's probably 1" difference between the biggest and the smallest, and a range in between, stacked randomly, with shorter ones at the top and bottom.  That randomization would help give you the fullness and the uneven look you're after.  And again, you could gather down the middle and fold.
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