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Old December 1st 03, 12:02 AM
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i'm trying to sew a ruffle detail onto a shirt of mine, but wasn't
sure how to go about it. anyone know how to actually create the
ruffle?

i was hoping to do something like this:

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

i appreciate any help!
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Old December 1st 03, 12:13 AM
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e wrote:

i'm trying to sew a ruffle detail onto a shirt of mine, but wasn't
sure how to go about it. anyone know how to actually create the
ruffle?

i was hoping to do something like this:

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

i appreciate any help!


In the 5/8" seam allowance, sew two parallel lines with a
large stitch, something like 4 to 6 stitches per inch.
Pin your fabric at each end where it will go onto your
neckline, then again in the middle, and at 1/4 lengths,
too. Do this by folding the unruffled ruffle in 4ths to
get the point. Measure along the neckline edge to get
corresponding 1/4 points. When it is securely pinned,
secure one end of your stitches -- you can just knot them
together, or what I do is put a pin crossways to the
stitching line, and wrap the tails in an S around the pin
until they are secure. From the other end, take the
BOBBIN thread, and start pulling it, working the fabric
back to the beginning (where the pin or knot is) and ease
your fabric along until the edge is the same length as
your neck opening. Then sew on the 5/8" seam line, which
leaves your gathering stitches in the seam, or you can
remove them after you've sewn the seam.

This would be a lot easier if you could see my hands.
Also, get yourself a good basic sewing book - Reader's
Digest or Simplicity, or even Vogue would be good. You
can find these in 2nd hand bookstores at a reasonable price.
--

Joanne
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Life is about the journey, not about the destination.

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Old December 1st 03, 03:28 AM
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That doesn't look like it's a gathered ruffled to me. There are no gathers,
it's smooth where it's sewn to the body of the blouse. I've done this by
cutting circles or spirals. You can draw a spiral that you cut out so it's
like a ribbon however wide you want it plus seam allowances. Say you want
that to be about 3" wide, cut the "spiraled ribbon" 4". I'd then do a
narrow rolled hem on the outside of the spiral edge and then sew it onto
your blouse on the inside of the curved edge. The larger the circle the
looser the wavy looking ruffle, you might have to cut several circles or
spirals and use the sections that are nearest in the degree of outside
curve. That's how you get that nice sort of wavy effect instead of an actual
dirndl kind of gather as the sleeves have been gathered to the cuff bands.

Val



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i'm trying to sew a ruffle detail onto a shirt of mine, but wasn't
sure how to go about it. anyone know how to actually create the
ruffle?

i was hoping to do something like this:


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

i appreciate any help!



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Old December 1st 03, 10:42 AM
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On 30 Nov 2003 16:02:35 -0800, e wrote:
i'm trying to sew a ruffle detail onto a shirt of mine, but wasn't
sure how to go about it. anyone know how to actually create the
ruffle?


It's not a gathered ruffle, it's one that's been made by cutting a
curved piece of fabric. The easy way to cut it is by cutting a spiral;
the usual way is by sewing together sections of semicircles. The amount
of "ruffliness" is controlled by the curvature of the sections. You
can experiment with this with newspaper... cut arcs and straighten
the inside curve out to match the neckline and pin in -- you can approximate
the look you'll get fairly well.


 




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