In response to the posts on how to sew with pre-ruffled fabric, I’ve gotten questions about which pattern works for sewing a ruffled skirt. The good news is that you don’t need a pattern. This fits into the “it’s so easy that it’s hard” category.
Starting with the End in Mind:
1. With pre-ruffled knit fabric in hand, cut one piece.
- Width – equal to the wearer’s hip size (remember this is really stretchy fabric so no ease is needed).
- Length – slightly longer than desired (it’s easy to cut off an extra ruffle or two after the garment is finished).
2. Position the ruffles at the seamline. Pin in place.
4. If the ruffles are all in place, you are ready to serge the seam.
5. Cut a piece of wide elastic plus 1″ for overlapping the seam. This should be the length of the wearer’s waist or slightly larger if it will be worn below the natural waist.
6. Sew elastic into a circle by overlapping 1/2″.
7. Mark the 4 quarters of the elastic and the corresponding quarters at the top edge of the skirt.
8. Pin the elastic to the skirt. Note: For a clean look, bottom of elastic should meet up with the top of a ruffle.
9. Zig-zag or coverstitch the elastic onto the skirt, stitching very close to the bottom edge of the elastic.