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In case you didn't know... I LOVE this tunic. I had gotten the pattern from Sew Liberated and fell in love. Although my aprons and pincushions are bright and busy, I myself am drawn to more simple designs and neutral colors. My mom thinks I'm very BLAH and always pokes fun at me, but that's just me! Funny... now that I think about it, I like grey skies and grey apparel... NOTHING like my personality, I assure you!
Any-who, I made the tunic and like I said earlier, I do like simple designs, but I felt it needed a little bit of my "personality" in it. And so I added the ruffles. I am quite pleased how it came out. So pleased that I've practically worn it to death and has gone through MANY washings, and would you believe that it still looks lovely as it did when I first wore it?! ((sigh)) I love you, tunic...
OKAY, so many of you have asked, "How'd you do it?" and for a brief moment I thought, "Hmmm... should I dare share my secrets?!" ((tee-hee)) OF COURSE!!! What fun is it to not share?! So let's get sewin'!
So here's the fabric I used. It's by WESTEX and is from Japan. You might be able to get it through here. Let me know if you need additional info.
**Make sure when you're getting your fabric, get about 1/4 yard more for the ruffle along with ribbon for the trim.**
Once you have completed your tunic, measure the top half (from the edge of the collar to the inseam below the bust. General rule of thumb, when you are doing a gathered ruffle, take the measured length and double it.
Take note and measure the bottom half.
Now, you can measure all the way to the hem or halfway or anywhere you wish for the ruffle to end and double that. For me, I went just about half way. I noticed that crotch length was good. Any longer and it can be nuisance.
For this tunic I cut my strips against the grain (if I was to sew my ruffles on a curve, I would cut it on the bias of the fabric), but here it's just a straight sew. By cutting it in this direction, I am able to use the finished edges when joining the two strips. That way I don't have to serge the edges to prevent fraying.
You can either have an "unfinished" edge (like the one above this picture) or you can have it "finished". The tunic you have seen, I did the ruffle with a finished edge. For this tunic, I prefer the unfinished look.
**If you decide on a finished edge, add 1/2" all around for the hem.**
Set your machine to the longest stitch and you will want to do two rows of stitching(on opposite sides of your crease). It's cleaner and the last thing you want to happen is have the thread break in the middle of your gathering. TRUST ME... it's not fun when that happens!
BEFORE you start to stitch, switch to a different color thread. It makes it a lot easier to spot and take out and the end. I would do one color for the top thread and a different color for the bobbin. Here's why...
That seam is going to be another guideline for you.
It's okay if your stitch isn't straight. That's where the ribbon comes in handy!
Back stitch to secure.
Voila! You got yourself a fancy-schmancy ruffle!
REPEAT the steps to do the other side.
DUH! The ribbon!
So just measure the length and add 1/4"-1/2" to the ends for the hem. Pin it to the ruffle HIDING the stitch (remember what I said about not having a perfect straight stitch?) and stitch all around the edge of the ribbon. Try to get as close to the edge of the ribbon.
Ooooh... much better!
Hmmm... I'm having second thoughts about the second row of ruffles...
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p.s. I'm itchin' to do a giveaway... come back tomorrow for details!