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[Click here to see B in this ruffle skirt!]

Here’s an attempt to write out a tutorial for a ruffle skirt that I made B.  The material I used is the remnants from the Coffee Date Dress (pattern from The Selfish Seamstress) that I made.  I kept it because I knew I would be able to use it for something.  I’m glad I did!

[Shared with Tea Rose Home]

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Here are the measurements of the pieces that I used.  By the way, this skirt is a size 6 girls.  It’s very easy and I would imagine that it’d be easy to make a bigger size for this.

Waistband (front — 2 pieces):  3in x 13in
Waistband (back — 1 piece): 4.5in x 15in

1st ruffle layer (2 pieces):  4in x 24in
2nd ruffle layer (2pieces): 5in x 25in
3rd ruffle layer (2pieces): 5in x 25in

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1st extender layer (front): trapezoid shape, bottom is 15in, top is 13in with height of 3.5in [see picture]
1st extender layer (back): 3in x 15in
2nd extender layer (2pieces): 4in x 15in

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Elastic: 11in (I used 1in width) [Sorry.  I forgot to include this in the pictures.]

Let’s start putting them together, starting with the front waistband.

Stitch the top of the front waistband right sides together and press it right side out.

Serge or use zigzag stitch the top of the back waistband.  I use my overlock stitch with my overlock presser foot since I don’t have a serger.  I actually like the way it looks.

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Right sides together, pin to join the front and back waistbands, also pinning the elastic.

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Fold the remaining fabric over to encase elastic.

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Fold over the other side to encase the elastic.

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Encase the elastic completely by carefully stitching along the edge of the fold-over making sure that you’re not stitching the elastic.  Adjust the stitched fold-over through the elastic as you go along until you reach the other seam.  You should have what’s shown below.  Serge or zigzag sew the side seams.

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Below is what it looks like right side out.  The elastic side will be the back side of the skirt.

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To prevent the elastic to twist inside, I’ve put a few stitches in the middle point of the back waistband and reversed stitched to reinforce it.

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Putting the waistband aside, put the 1st extender and 1st ruffle layer together.

Stitch the 1st extender layers (front and back) on the side seams.

Hem the ruffle layers.  I used my narrow hem foot.
Stitch one of the side seams together to join the two ruffle pieces , serge or zigzag stitch.
Stitch two or three gathering stitches to gather.
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Stitch other side seam.
Spread gather evenly, matching seams with 1st extender.  Make sure ruffle layer wrong side and 1st extender right side are facing together.  Pin to secure.

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Taking the waistband, pin the first layer (ruffle and extender) right sides together.
Slip the waistband over the first layer, the ruffle layer in between the waistband and the extender.
Match the seams and pin to secure.
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Stitch and serge or zigzag stitch.

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Turn right side out and it should look like the picture below.  Remove the gathering stitch if you haven’t already done so.

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Set the skirt aside and work on the 2nd ruffle layer and 2nd extender.  It’s going to be the same steps.

Stitch the 2nd extender layers (front and back) on the side seams.

Hem the 2nd ruffle layers.  I used my narrow hem foot.
Stitch one of the side seams together to join the two pieces, serge or zigzag stitch.
Stitch two or three layers of gathering stitch to gather.
Stitch other side seam.
Spread the gather evenly, matching seams with the top of the 2nd extender.  Make sure 2nd ruffle layer wrong side and 2nd extender layer right side are facing together.  Pin to secure.

Taking the skirt right side up (the ruffle showing on top), lift the 2nd ruffle layer over exposing the 1st extender.
Pin the 2nd ruffle and 2nd extender to the bottom 1st extender (right sides together), the 2nd ruffle layer sandwiched in between the 1st extender and the 2nd extender.

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Stitch and serge or zigzag stitch.

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Right side out, now, you have second layers attached.  Almost done!

The same thing will be done for the 3rd ruffle layers which are the last pieces to work with.  No more extenders left!

Hem the ruffle layers.  I used my narrow hem foot.
Stitch one of the side seams together to join the two pieces together, serge or zigzag stitch.
Stitch two or three layers of gathering stitch to gather.
Stitch other side seam.
Spread gather evenly, matching seams with the bottom of the 2nd extender.
Stitch and serge or zigzag stitch.  And your finished ruffle skirt should look like this!

Can’t wait to take picture of B in it!!!

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[This tutorial is shared in a link party hosted by Sew Can Do. :)]

Did you sew along with this tutorial?  Post pictures of your ruffle skirt!  It’d be great to see it!