Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tiered Ruffled Skirt

Are you afraid of this contraption???

I love my ruffler.  Sure, it has caused me my fair share of frustrations (primarily, soon after I got it I realized that I needed to use a pliers to tighten the screw holding the needle as it kept loosening)...and I went through more needles that I care to count (I sometimes forget to move the needle over a little...therefore resulting in a broken or bent needle).  

I came across this pink and brown fabric, and couldn't decide what I liked best...therefore I got a little of everything and made this skirt!

From Ruffled Skirt
From Ruffled Skirt
From Ruffled Skirt
(This was the only plain shirt my Jilli Bean had.  Luckily, I did not stock up on 18 month fall/winter clothes when they were on clearance--I would have been stuck with a bunch of clothes that were one size too small!)

I did a rolled hem on the serger, then used the ruffler on each strip (set it to 1 ruffle every 6 stitches).  Then I sewed the ruffles to strips of plain fabric.  I ruffled 4 rows of 40" strips in less than 10 minutes!  Talk about fast!
 I plan to get a plain, light pink, long sleeve shirt to go with this, and applique a "J" on the front of it (or something!) in the brown w/ pink polka dots (bottom tier). 

I'd like to thank my lil' Jilli Bean for being such a good sport for pictures...it was over 100* outside!  I think she was just happy to get to play outside!

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  1. That is adorable. I haven't purchased a ruffler foot yet. I will admit that it does 'scare' me a little bit, LOL!

  2. What a cute skirt. I'm glad to know that the ruffler foot works well. I've been thinking about getting one but wasn't sure how it would work.

  3. Cute skirt and model...
    I got this contraption a couple years ago and I hate it!! Maybe I am not doing something right. Every time I use it, it loosens my screw for my needle.

    Maybe you have some ideas for me??

  4. The ruffler may cause some frustration while you are figuring it out, but the results are wonderful! Imagine perfectly spaced gathers (every 1, 6 or 12 stitches)! And you also have the option of sewing the ruffle to another fabric while you are ruffling the piece of material (think ruffled bloomers)!

  5. I love the colors, and I'm wishing I had a ruffler foot. Looks so fun!

  6. Wow, that's cute! So's the skirt! ;)