Sunday, March 6, 2011

Ruffle Skirt

So when I saw this Cute Ruffle SkirtI knew I had to make one...  To make it more my style I found this cute fabric for the perfect price at walmart of all places... they are doing a fashion fabric road show. all the fabric is $5.00 for 5 yards!!!  so you have to buy the whole bolt(5yards), but i was fine with that. cause I tend to make mistakes.... so go check out your walmart.  I love this fabric, it's like a satin but much heavier. it says it has some polyester in it to... so it's slightly stretchy... perfect...
Ok, so I pretty much followed the tutorial from ruffles and stuff.   If i had a t-shirt I would have totally done the t-shirt waist band... best idea ever.. but I didn't so here's what i did.
1. cut out your main skirt... you are basically making a trapazoid. I hope that's the right shape... I can't remember...   anyway. take the measurment of your waist, divide by two cause you will have a front and back, then add at least an inch for seam allowance. then decide how flared you want your skirt, i did a 45in bottom, again divide by two and add an inch. then mark a "middle" that's where you'll center your measurements.... make appropriate measurments and mark. waist, length and bottom.  then cut off the excess... i hope that makes sense..
2. for my waist band I did an elastic, but I didn't do the elastic until the very end, but I did sew the casing for the elastic. So i just folded about 1 inch down and sewed the very bottom edge, (I did leave about a 2inch opening so I could feed the elastic at the end). 
 3. Cut your ruffle strips. I did (6) 5" strips. Hem one edge...
 4. Ruffle the unfinished edge. if your fabric frays, use fray check, that glue stuff...
 5. for your first ruffle I had the top of my ruffle fabric touch the stitch from the waistband.  pinned it, pinning is essential cause you can see if your ruffle is too tight and make adjustments to fit the skirt...   then sew along the ruffled seam. 
 6. I always start and end a few inches from the edge so I can sew the ruffles together before finishing. So once you get here stop.
I flip only my ruffle inside out so the right sides are face together. 
Then sew the edges together. 
 Flip your ruffle back. and finish sewing to the skirt, the nice thing about ruffles is that if you have excess your just ruffle it up and sew it in...
 Ruffle 1 done...
7. So my ruffles were anywhere from 3.5 to 4 inches by the time i did the hem and sewed to the skirt. so in order to cover the stitching of the next ruffle I measured 3inches from the ruffle down, and pinned, then sewed.  Repeat for however many ruffles you do.
 8. For the belt. I just took some ribbon, lined it up with that same waistband stitch and sewed both edges of the ribbon. It's great cause it hid that top ruffle.
 9. when the ribbons meet I just do a fancy triangle type fold and sewed it down.
 It makes it look like ties.. but don't worry I cover it up...
 10. so cut several circles. I did 10. all different sizes. you could use a template, I just eyeball it, cause when they get burned you can't tell if they are uneven.
 burn the edges...
 then rather than stacking neatly on top of each other I stagger mine.
 Looks like this...
 Then hand sew to the skirt, while doing this I added a few beads in the center...
I forgot to get pictures of this part, but after i had everything on I fed my elastic through my casing and finished the edge....
 All DONE!!!!  can't wait to wear it! please forget my tube socks...
I linked up to Tatertots and Jello, this is huge link up party, so go check it out...
and
and entered Crystal's Craft Challenge


6 comments:

Crystal said...

It turned out so cute! Love the fabric.

r o y a l said...

Nor - this is super stinkin' cute.

Deanna Miyasaki said...

I love the skirts! And you have never taken a single sewing class!

Cassie said...

LOVE IT! Great job! Inspiring...

Seamingly Smitten said...

Woah!! That's awesome! Have fun wearing all those ruffles!

Sachiko said...

How fun! I love the fabric you chose. :)

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