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Old December 1st 03, 06:08 AM
e
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hi all
hmm, i attempted to post a question a little while ago, but it hasn't
shown up for some reason, so here i go again! i had a question
regarding how to go about sewing ruffles down the front of a shirt.
the only way of creating ruffles that i know of, is by sewing large
stitches along the fabric and then pulling the ends. but i find the
ruffles end up looking somewhat "heavy" (if that makes any sense) and
pleat-like. i was hoping for something like this:

http://www.net-a-porter.com/isroot/N...5396_index.jpg

thanks in advance!

ps: there's some awesome info on there!
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Old December 1st 03, 07:12 AM
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e wrote:
hi all
hmm, i attempted to post a question a little while ago, but it hasn't
shown up for some reason, so here i go again! i had a question
regarding how to go about sewing ruffles down the front of a shirt.
the only way of creating ruffles that i know of, is by sewing large
stitches along the fabric and then pulling the ends. but i find the
ruffles end up looking somewhat "heavy" (if that makes any sense) and
pleat-like. i was hoping for something like this:


http://www.net-a-porter.com/isroot/N...5396_index.jpg

You need a ruffle that's longer on its outside edge than its inside
(attached) edge. You get that by cutting a curve rather than a straight
piece.

Draw two circles inside each other with about 3" difference in the radius.
Cut out the circular strip that lies between the perimeters. Cut through in
one place, narrowly hem the ends and the outside edge, and you have a
circular ruffle ready to attach.

You can vary the diameters of the circles to get different effects - smaller
circles give you ruffles than are much bigger on the outside than the
inside, and so more ruffle-y, but they're harder to sew because they're more
curved. You can gather the inside edge slightly when you attach it. Of
course, you don't need to cut a full circle: you can cut lots of quarter- or
semi-circles and join them together.

You will be sewing on the bias for part of the ruffle's length. If your
fabric is washable you can tame the bias and stop it stretching by using
lots of spray starch before you cut the ruffle out, or before you handle it
much.

HTH

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Sally Holmes
Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England


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Old December 1st 03, 12:19 PM
Joy Hardie
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This is what I call a "flounce" rather than a ruffle and is made as
Sally describes. You need to make sure that the "inside" edge that is
sewn to the edge of the garment - such as on the neckline in the
picture you provided
http://www.net-a-porter.com/isroot/N...5396_index.jpg

is drafted and cut the exact measurement as the neckline so it meets
it on a 1:1 ratio and isn't ruffled or gathered. The beauty here is
in it's graceful - "flounce."
Joy


(e) wrote:

hi all
hmm, i attempted to post a question a little while ago, but it hasn't
shown up for some reason, so here i go again! i had a question
regarding how to go about sewing ruffles down the front of a shirt.
the only way of creating ruffles that i know of, is by sewing large
stitches along the fabric and then pulling the ends. but i find the
ruffles end up looking somewhat "heavy" (if that makes any sense) and
pleat-like. i was hoping for something like this:



thanks in advance!

ps: there's some awesome info on there!


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Old December 1st 03, 03:30 PM
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"Sally Holmes" wrote in message ...
You will be sewing on the bias for part of the ruffle's length. If your
fabric is washable you can tame the bias and stop it stretching by using
lots of spray starch before you cut the ruffle out, or before you handle it
much.

HTH


this is probably an incredibly lame question, but what's sewing on the
bias? (i'll definitely be making a stop at the library today to pick
up a beginner's sewing book!)
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Old December 1st 03, 09:22 PM
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e wrote:

"Sally Holmes" wrote in message ...
You will be sewing on the bias for part of the ruffle's length. If your
fabric is washable you can tame the bias and stop it stretching by using
lots of spray starch before you cut the ruffle out, or before you handle it
much.

HTH


this is probably an incredibly lame question, but what's sewing on the
bias? (i'll definitely be making a stop at the library today to pick
up a beginner's sewing book!)



It's at 45 degrees to the selvege edge of the fabric. Take a look at
the glossary on my web site - URL below. Look in Kate's sewing Room...
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