3f. Press up the hem of the dress or skirt and stitch
in place with a straight stitch. Fold the top of the
dress or skirt down 1½", including the ruffle, into
the inside of the garment, and press. Lifting the ruffle out of the way, pin the fold down to the inside of
the garment. Starting at 1 side seam, stitch around
the bottom of the fold with a straight stitch, leaving
a 1" opening from where you started.
NOTE: Be very careful not to sew the ruffle
while doing this.
4. ADD ELASTIC
4a. Cut the ½" elastic to fit either your bust or
your waist, depending on whether you’re making
a skirt or a dress. For this garment, I recommend
using the measurements at right as a guide.
4b. Attach a large safety pin to 1 end of your elastic
and feed it through the 1" hole you left in the casing.
4c. Push the elastic around the entire garment. Be careful not to twist the
elastic or lose the other end in the casing. Pull the elastic out, and pin to the
other end, overlapping about 1". Sew the 2 ends together using a zigzag stitch,
then fit the elastic into the casing. Close up the hole with a straight stitch.
4d. To wear, flip the top with the elastic to the inside of the dress or skirt, so
the ruffle appears to come out from the inside seamlessly. Adjust the gathering
on the ruffles, and you’re done!