Ruffler foot woes: I have purchased three ruffler feet, tried them on all three of my machines, read several blog posts and repeatedly watched you-tube videos and I FINALLY, after over a year, found a combination that works. YIKES! I bet the company that makes generic ruffler feet would sell ten times more if they actually included direction with the foot they sell! Aye, I digress.
After looking at this tutorial for an adorable skirt I came up with my version.
I used a knit fabric and didn't make any hems- really cuts the sewing time down- but it definitely is a more casual look. I used a needle specifically for stretch fabrics and sewed each seam with a slight zig zag stitch.
First, measure the length you want your skirt.
Measure your widest point- usually hips- and add about an inch on each side for a seam allowance.
Put these measurements into play and cut a rectangle of your desired fabric.
Out of the remaining fabric I cut strips five inches tall and as long as my fabric piece came. I ran these through the ruffler foot on a setting of a gather for every six stitches.
With the right side out, and the seam placed at what will be the center back of the skirt, I used my frixion gel pen to draw a line every four inches going up from the bottom of the skirt tube. Then I attached the ruffles by lining them up with the lines and sewing in place- starting at the bottom and working up.
When attaching the final layer of ruffles- I sewed the ruffle on "upside down" so that I could flip it down- covering the stitching. I pressed that edge down as well.
To finish I folded down the waistband and inserted a piece of elastic the measurement of my daughter's waist. I love how it turned out!
If you want real directions to another super cute skirt check out what Anna made here.