Jenny La Fleur
Houston we have RUFFLES! - Jenny La Fleur
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Houston we have RUFFLES!

Houston we have RUFFLES!

Jan 09

I started work on my bias ruffles tonight. Mostly played around with strips of fabric on my frock to try and figure out the proportions of width and placement. What can I say - I'm a visual person! :>

Jan 10

Work begins in earnest! Oh my gosh, I'd forgotten how slippery this rayon was. I am so insane to be doing this - and on the bias no less. I wish the contrast of diagonal stripes didn't look so cool.

I thought the sleeves would be a good place to start so I began with just one strip, to work out how I would sew them and how full each ruffle should be. Testing, testing... I decided to cheat a little on the hemming by zig-zaging the edges, folding a narrow hem and stitching. The top of the ruffles I likewise finished the edge with a zig-zag, that is it. The top ruffles I'll cover with ribbon but the rest I will leave as is... I think. I've stitched them down with a wide zig-zag so they look fine. I'm trying to decide if I want to be anal about it. At the moment I'm thinking not.

So some ribbon and the sleeves are done - yay! I really like the way they look. The skirt really needs ruffles now to balance it. Why oh why did I have to make my skirt so full! *sob* But it must be done! *sighs dramatically*

The nice thing about these ruffles are they are pretty brainless. No fitting – yay! Just r-e-a-l-l-y monotonous. And finicky.


16 comments | comment?
padawansguide From: padawansguide Date: January 11th, 2009 04:38 am (UTC) (link)
Very pretty!
anielmom From: anielmom Date: January 11th, 2009 04:45 am (UTC) (link)
The monotony is worth it! They look perfect!
suededsilk From: suededsilk Date: January 11th, 2009 05:02 am (UTC) (link)
It's not cheating - it's creatively adapting the cultural methods of a historical group to present-day dilemmas!

(OK. Cheating.)

The ruffles are looking great. I love self-fabric trimmings.
gilded_garb From: gilded_garb Date: January 11th, 2009 05:40 am (UTC) (link)
They look so awesome! Good for you and your patience :o)
operafantomet From: operafantomet Date: January 11th, 2009 08:23 am (UTC) (link)
That looks really, REALLY good! Self-trimming always looks so nice and period. Me like!
From: editrene Date: January 11th, 2009 12:59 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh, but it looks SO beautiful!
bauhausfrau From: bauhausfrau Date: January 11th, 2009 01:15 pm (UTC) (link)
Ooo, they look so pretty!
fancyfrocks From: fancyfrocks Date: January 11th, 2009 04:04 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh my gosh. Bias rayon ruffles? With a stripe? You're insane! Looks really gorgeous, though.
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: January 11th, 2009 05:17 pm (UTC) (link)
They look great! So floofy and pretty! And I do think the bias stripes make all the difference. Totally worth it.
vanessa_lynne From: vanessa_lynne Date: January 11th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC) (link)
They're very worth it - they look fab.
mlsdesigns From: mlsdesigns Date: January 11th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC) (link)
totally worth it! they look awesome :)
From: hohenstein Date: January 11th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC) (link)

Full skirts look so good & ruffles just add more fun.

mala_14 From: mala_14 Date: January 11th, 2009 11:06 pm (UTC) (link)
W00t! Looks great. Totally worth the work.
llyrafantasyfae From: llyrafantasyfae Date: January 12th, 2009 12:21 am (UTC) (link)
diagonal ruffles for the win!
marcine From: marcine Date: January 12th, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC) (link)
Ooh, pretty! The ruffles are a great addition!
newmoonstar From: newmoonstar Date: January 13th, 2009 12:19 am (UTC) (link)
That is so cute! You're making me want to make something striped, just so I can do self bias ruffles! And you're doubly heroic for working with rayon; that stuff can be evilly tricky. Kudos to you! :)
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