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30 April 2011 @ 02:19 pm
Nine yards of frills..........  

I love to buy gadgets for my sewing machine and I hate making frills by hand. So I finally got myself this weird contraption they call a ruffler foot.

This is what made Ludivine's dress possible, there is no way I'm going to ruffle 9 yards of frills by pulling gathering threads! With the ruffler it took less than 15 minutes.
For those of you that are interested here is how the skirt is constructed:
The base is a half circular skirt onto which all the rows of frills except the last one are sewn. Since my very thin cotton/silk blend fabric was too flimsy to be able to handle this easily I decided to first sew it on some tear away stabilizer on which I had transfered all the sewing lines, I simply stitched over those lines, this would guide me when applying the frills around the base while providing stability as I worked with it.

The last row of frills is sewn on the edge. Once the frills are applied the tear away is easily discarded leaving you with a nice soft construction.


On second thought I should have made the skirt base out of lining, it would have saved some of that fabric which is a little bit fragile to serve as a base. This is the same construction technique used on the famous Dollhear Fer although their base is a full circular skirt I believe.
All the frills were edged with a merrow stitch which is a narrow overlock stitch done with a serger using some rayon embroidery thread. It's a nice clean decorative finish.

To support this huge skirt I made Ludiine a tulle petticoat and there she was ready for the ball.

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SDinksdink on April 30th, 2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
OMG! that is sooo awesome! she looks so sweet in it....9 YARDS! holy cow!

I also bought a ruffler foot but I have not used it yet,looking forward to it!
giodrakes on April 30th, 2011 10:39 pm (UTC)
Amazing! Thanks for posting how to make the skirt! I love the stile but wasn't sure how to go about it. Your gown is beautiful!
I've been hunting for a ruffler for a while. This is more incentive :D
perverted_kittyperverted_kitty on May 3rd, 2011 04:46 am (UTC)
very cool and sunny :'D

i have made a dress with a similar method except i folded all the pleats and sewed them by hand xD it was an SD sized dress so i have no idea to how may yards that came too LOL

good thing i like making pleats @___@
DominiqueBdominiquebe on May 5th, 2011 07:43 pm (UTC)
I bow to you, I would never have the patience! There is a video of Magalie Dawson making tiny pleats like that on YouTube. Me, I believe in throwing technology at the problem if I can ;-) I like doing handwork but not something as repetitive as that.
perverted_kittyperverted_kitty on May 5th, 2011 09:23 pm (UTC)
lol not so much as penitence as the sick artistic need too see how much you can torture your self 8D;;;

but i will defiantly get a pleating foot once i have money for it

now that i have proven to my self that i can do it xD
Jennyosvme on September 21st, 2011 07:19 pm (UTC)
It looks great :D