Since I first discovered ruffle fabric, I have been itching to create something for ME. Can you believe that this is the first time I have ever sewed something for me to wear?! I don't know what was holding me back because this skirt was easy. In just 5 simple steps, I was ready to wear my ruffles!
Are you ready to make your own? YOU CAN DO IT! Trust me, if I can do it, you can do it, too!
I started out by creating my pattern. I searched my closet for a skirt that I absolutely LOVED, did some measuring, and created my pattern using some butcher paper. A straight skirt is the best kind of pattern when it comes to this ruffle fabric. (The skirtI used as my pattern ended up being much too A-line, but I easily corrected this later on). I really just needed a rough guide to get started.
I pinned my butcher paper pattern to the back of the ruffle fabric, and then cut out a front and back. **When using ruffle fabric, try to be sure that you cut both front/back in the same part of the ruffle pattern. So if you line up the top of the front to the top of a ruffle strip, do the same with the top of the back of the skirt.**
After I had cut out the front and back pieces, I measured my waist. I added 2 inches for seams and divided by 2. I needed to know how much gathering I needed to do before sewing the elastic. (My waist was 30 inches, I added 2 inches, divided by 2, and got 16.) I now knew that I needed the top of the front/back piece to be gathered to 16 inches length. So I sewed a basting stitch, pulled one of the threads to easily gather the fabric. (This ruffle fabric gathers SO easily!) Then I sewed over my gathering to secure this.
Ruffle fabric also sells super wide elastic, so while you're buying your fabric, throw in some elastic too! I had 2 elastic strips (both 16 inches) for my front and back. I pinned the elastic to the skirt with right sides together, and just sewed them together. (Have I convinced you of how EASY this skirt is yet?!) Do this with both the front and back.
The last step is simple--with right sides pinned together, just sew up the sides! The beauty of ruffle fabric is that you don't have to hem! What a beautiful thing!
I should mention that I realized my skirt had way too much of an A-line after I sewed it up. But I easily corrected this and sewed the edges in a straight line and cut off the extra fabric. I just kept modifying things until it had the shape I wanted.
I laughed out loud when I saw these pictures! My hubby was sweet enough to take them for me, but I felt so silly, I couldn't stop laughing! I am definitely not a model. But we sure did have fun!
I'm pretty proud of myself...
I just love the swishy feeling of these ruffles!
If you have ever wanted to purchase your own ruffle fabric, now is the time!!
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PS If you're looking for more ideas using ruffle fabric, be sure to check out my ruffled Easter egg basket and the ruffle pillow.