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Cascading Ruffles Sew-A-Long Day 3

Are you excited for today? 
Today we are going to start sewing up the dress.  The ruffles are easy, but can be a little time consuming. Totally worth it though,Well, lets get started!

First thing we are going to do is change out our needle!
You need to use a Ball Point needle.  These are made to sew jersey/knit fabrics. Because it has a ball point tip it doesn't pierce the fabric causing  holes or breaks in the fabric.

To gather the ruffles you are going to grab one of the rectangles you cut out yesterday. Sew 1/4" from the edge  using the longest possible stitch length. Sew again 1/4" the stitch you just sewed. do this with all five of the rectangles.
**Also you can hem the ruffles. I opted not to because jersey doesn't fray, but it's a personal choice**

Next you need to find the center of each ruffle. To do that fold the rectangle in half lengthwise and mark the center with a pin.  Repeat with the remaining rectangles.

Now you are going to pin the first ruffle (6" in length) to the center front piece.  To make sure everything was centered I folded the center front piece in half and ironed it, leaving a crease to mark the center is. Lay the ruffle on top of the center piece matching centers and pin.  Pin the edges. Now you need to gather the ruffle.

 Now it's time to sew the ruffle. You are going to sew right in the middle of the gathering stitches.  This will keep the gathers from become puckered or folded.

Next thing I did was lay out my other ruffles to see how far apart I wanted them to be.
I went ahead and pinned the ruffles matching the centers just like on the first ruffle.

 Sew each ruffle down just the same as the first one.

Next I pinned the edges of the ruffles to the edges of the center piece as basted them in place.

Next take one of the front side pieces and lay it on top of the center ruffled panel with the right sides together.
Sew or serge.

Iron seam away from the center.

Repeat with the other front side.

That's it for today. Tomorrow we will sew the front to the back and sew in the sleeves!
See you tomorrow!

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Cascading Ruffles Sew-A-Long Day 2

We made our pattern, so now we are going to use that pattern to cut out the fabric.

 Open your fabric up so it is flat. Now take each side (selvage) and fold it into the middle.
Now you are going to pin the back pattern piece on one of the folds and the front center piece on the other fold. Place the front side piece next to the back pattern piece.  Place the sleeve piece next to the center front piece.

Cut out the pieces. You should have 1 back piece, i center front piece, 2 front side pieces, and 2 sleeves.

Now we are going to cut out the ruffles.
 You will have a total of 5 rectangles.
5 1/4" x 6"
5 1/4" x 8"
5 1/4" x 10"
5 1/4" x 12"
5 1/4" x 14"

That's it for today.
Tomorrow we will start sewing!!!
Hope you have a great rest of the day!

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Cascading Ruffles Sew-A-Long Day 1

Happy Monday!!!
I hope y"all have had a wonderful weekend!
Are you ready to get started?
Today we are going to draft the dress pattern. To make the pattern for this dress I grabbed a shirt out of Aiyanna's closet.

 Turn it inside out and fold in half. Lay the folded edge of the shirt on the edge of the paper. Carefully trace around the neck, shoulder, sleeve hole, and side seam.

Next I measured Aiyanna from the neck to just below the knee to get the length of the dress.  I measured on the pattern from the shoulder to the length and marked it.  Since this is an A-line dress I made the bottom 8" across.
Now you are going to make the center front piece. Make a mark in 1.5" in at the neck and 4" in at the bottom.  Draw a straight line to connect these dots.  This is the center front.

For the back pattern piece fold the shirt so the back side is facing out. Again carefully trace around the neck, shoulder, sleeve hole, and side seam. Again you want to make it the length you want your dress to be.

The sleeves are a little tricky.  You are still going to trace around the edges, but  you can only do half of the sleeve at a time.  Lay the sleeve on the pattern paper and carefully trace around all edges. 

 For the top curvy part I just mark dots along the curve and the connect the dots at the end. 

Turn the sleeve and match up the the fold of the sleeve to the line you drew. Trace around this side of the sleeve. 

  When you are done tracing move the shirt out of the way and connect the dots to form the line at the top.

Now all that's left is to cut out your pattern pieces.

That's it for today! Tomorrow we will cut out our fabric :o)

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Victorian Valentine Skirt

This is a guest post I had at Ucreate couple of weeks ago.
I thought I would post it here in case anyone missed it.

Victorian Valentine Skirt

Supplies Needed:
1/2 yard eachlacy fabric, white cotton fabric, another white cotton fabric
Lace edging....lots of it
Crochet trim 29"
3/4" non roll elastic
Sewing Machine
First we will cut the skirt pieces.
Cut 2 rectangles  14.5"x 12.5"
Now we will cut the fabric strips to make the ruffles.
 Cut 6 strips of the first fabric.
Cut 4 strips of the second fabric and the lace fabric.
Cut 10  pieces of lace each 28" in length

First we are going to make the base of the skirt.
 With right sides facing stitch the sides.

Now for the elastic casing you will fold down 1/4" and then 1". Stitch close to the fold.

Next we need to attach the lace edging to the strips of fabric.
Lay the lace on top of the fabric. Using a short stitch. zig zag stitch over the edges of the lace and fabric as pictured above.

Fold lace down and iron flat.

We will not add lace to the bottom of the lace fabric, instead we will hem it. To hem fold the bottom up 1/4" and then another 1/4" and stitch.

Now grab 2 strips of the same fabric. Lay them right sides facing each other. Sew each end so that you have a big loop. Continue with the remaining fabric strips.
It's time to gather all the strips for the ruffles of the skirt.
To gather you are going to stitch. using your longest stitch length, 1/4" from the edge.  Then you will stitch again 1/2" from the edge.  This will prevent puckering in the ruffle when you sew it to the skirt.

Now you are going to sew the ruffle to the bottom of the skirt. 
With right sides together pin the ruffle to the skirt matching the seams.  Adjust the gathers to fit.

Stitch in between the two rows of gathering stitches as shown in the above photo.

Iron the raw edge up toward the skirt.

Top stitch 1/4" from the seam.

Continue adding ruffles. I just laid the ruffles out to see how far apart I wanted them spaced.

 To attach the rest of the ruffles I followed the same steps as above except I put the wrong side of the ruffle to the right side of the fabric. 
 I again sewed between the 2 rows of gathering stitches.  Then I took out the gathering stitches and zig zag stitched the raw edge to prevent fraying.

 After attaching the last ruffle you will sew on the crochet trim. This will cover up the raw edges of the top ruffle.

Put elastic in the waistband casing and you re finished!

So much ruffle-y goodness.


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