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« on: November 01, 2013 10:03:42 PM »

Hello, I'm a fairly novice seamstress and this is my first thread here, and I'm in the process of making a full length dress from red and gold organza.
 I've made a 'fishtail circle skirt' overlay, i.e. a plain ol' circle skirt with non-centered waist, worn sidewaysish so that the short side is inline with one hip, and the longest side inline with the other
( I'm hoping my picture-less description makes sense, making up my own jargon as i go along. Undecided)
ANYWAY i plan on having another circle skirt underneath, but want to adapt it to have some kind of panel of cascade ruffles peeking through the asymmetrical overlay. The cascades i've seen seem to be either inbuilt in the pattern in a rather complicated manner (too hard for my poor drafting skills) OR sewn on afterward (i'm guessing the latter would be easier, so i'm leaning toward that). I've seen plenty of ruffles in this technique on toddler skirts, but i'm wondering how i would go about making large scale ones, and how i would add them so that they, well, "cascade" rather than look like random swirly bits I've sewn on in any which manner! Cheesy


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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2013 10:13:37 AM »

I'm not exactly sure what kind of look you're going for, but have you considered using a panel of ruffle fabric?
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2013 05:24:12 PM »

Sadly I've already purchased my fabric, or that would be a good alternative. Thanks for your help, though!

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« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2013 07:08:35 AM »

Arrange the ruffles in rows that slightly overlap. Or instead of ruffles, use circular flounces. Either way the keys to a cascade effect are attaching the ruffles or flounces in a straight line, and close enough together to overlap, the edge of the upper ruffle covers the top of the lower ruffle.

To make a circular flounce, cut a large donut shape. Slice the donut open. Attach the inside edge of the donut to the fabric, the outside edge will flare out nicely. To make a longer flounce, sew several donuts together in a long strip. Arrange them so that the inside edges line up to make one long edge of the strip, and the other long edge of the strip is made of the outside edges of the donuts. The donuts are sewn together along the edge you made when  you sliced them open. Hope that makes sense.

The easiest way to a cascade effect is to arrange the ruffles or flounces in ordinary horizontal rows. But, you can get really creative and attach flounces in vertical lines, or arrange the rows on a diagonal
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