3. SEW THE DRESS/SKIRT WITH RUFFLES
3a. Using a zigzag stitch, finish off all raw edges
of the cut fabric you’ll be using. Then line up your
2 pieces, right sides facing, and stitch the side
seams together using a straight stitch and a
3b. It may take multiple ruffle circles joined at the
short ends to go around your garment. Eyeball how
many it might take, and connect them on the ends
with right sides facing. For my examples, I used 5
ruffles on the dress at its widest point, and 7 ruffles
on the skirt at its widest point. Once you have as
many joined as needed, with the wrong side of the
ruffle facing the right side of the dress or skirt, line
up the top of your ruffle with the top edge of the
dress or skirt and pin in place.
3c. When you go around the whole top and the 2
short ends meet, you might have some ruffle left
over. If so, fold back 1 side and trim, leaving yourself the
3" seam allowance to attach the 2 ends
together. Stitch the 2 short ends together, right
sides facing, and pin to the dress.
3d. Stitch the ruffle to the top of the dress with a
straight stitch. Press up the hem of the ruffle and
stitch in place with a straight stitch. Flip up the
ruffle and measure from the seam down to where
you’d like to sew the next ruffle. There are no rules
on how close or far it needs to be. This is all up to
you and will depend on how long your ruffles are.
For the dress, I placed the ruffles 6" below, so there
would be 3" overlapping. Pin the ruffle to the dress,
and repeat Steps 3b and 3c to attach and finish
the next ruffle.