Jul 2, 2013

Ruffle Skirt Sew-A-Long Day 2

Welcome back! 

It's Day 2 of our Ruffle Skirt sew-a-long. Today, we have three goals.

1. Sew the skirt pieces together, and hem each ruffle (if hemming). Leaving the edges serged or using a rolled hem (serger required) is a big time saver.  
2. Gather each ruffle strip.
2. Draw guide lines on the skirt.

If you are anything like the girls at Team Lizard, your time is precious. You sew during stolen moments -i.e. night time, nap time, and during the wee hours of the morning. If you sew for girls, you probably sew ruffles. The big question - How do you gather fabric? Basting stitch, zig zag method, ruffle foot? 

Do you use a ruffler? A ruffler or a ruffle foot is probably our number one time saver. It makes the most beautiful, consistent ruffles in the same time it takes to sew a straight stitch. If my ruffle foot broke today, I'd probably overnight a new one, and I don't think I've ever overnighted anything. That's how much I love my ruffle foot. AND -  Carla, the amazing Scientific Seamstress, has a free tutorial for using the Ruffler. Find it here on YCMT.

So - whatever method you use to gather, do so now.

Repeat with each ruffle layer.

The position of each ruffle is somewhat of a personal decision. Use as much or little overlap in ruffle layers as desired. Place each ruffle on the skirt to get a visual gauge for ruffle placement. Place straight pins at each side seam to mark the placement of the top of each ruffle layer. 

Last, but not least, use a fabric pen (or regular pen) to draw guide lines for the ruffles. The pen lines will serve as a guide, when sewing the ruffles to the skirt, so the ruffles will be sewn in straight lines. 

That's it for today, girls! We'll wrap up this party tomorrow! If you haven't shared photos yet, head over to our sewing circle, and post pics of your ruffle skirt progress!
See you there. 


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