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Draft and cut out your pattern transferring all markings. I use notches to mark the ruffle positions.
I like to finish the edges in one batch(all three ruffles). There is a suggested finish in the instructions,I use a narrow zigzag.
|The edge finished ruffles|
I then neaten the top edge of ruffle 2 and 3.
|The notches marking the ruffle placement lines|
Following the pattern,pin the RIGHT side of the top ruffle to the wrong side of the top front. When the notches and edges meet there should be fullness in the ruffle piece. Pin horizontally to mark the tie casing where you do not stitch.
Stitch the top seam first.
When stitching is completed there should be an opening for the casing(see pencil)
Trim the sewn seam.
|The trimmed seam|
|The trimmed top ruffle|
Turn the ruffle,wrong sides together. Gently roll the seams,finger press and then iron.
Use a point turner to poke the casing seam back in if necessary and press well.
|The top ruffle|
Topstitch close to the top edge.
Following the pattern, mark the casing stitch line.
Press the finished casing.
I like to topstitch the arm seam UP TO the casing.
|The completed top ruffle|
Following the patterns given measurements,fold and iron the hem on the front.
Pin and stitch.
Following pattern directions,gather the second ruffle with two rows of stitching. I do both ruffles at this point.
Mark the centre of the ruffle with a pin.
Pin the ruffle in place,lining up with the side notches and centre pin.
|The ruffle in position|
Pull up the gathering thread and pin in place easing the gathers evenly. Pin the top ruffle out of the way.
Lower the top ruffle to check that it will cover the second ruffle.
Stitch in place between the gathering threads.
I then zigzag over the finished edge to keep the ruffle edge smooth.
|The stitched down ruffle|
|The attached ruffle|
|The back view|
|Two ruffles attached|
Repeat the steps to add the third ruffle.
|Checking the ruffle covers the raw edge|
|The finished front|
|The back view|
|The side of the front|
Following the pattern,match the ruffle to the side seams,taking care to straighten the ruffle edges and keep them even.
Using the notches as guides,pre-fold and press the back pieces top and hem,but don't stitch them.
|The back piece pre-folded,top edge and hem.|
Pin the front and back right sides together and stitch between the notches(the two horizontal pins shown)
|The pinned side seams|
Check the seams for tucks.
Neaten the raw sides seams.
Press the seam to the back.
Following the pattern,fold the TOP edge of the back using the pre-pressed fold lines to create a casing.
|The casing for the back elastic|
Repeat with the hem but without leaving an opening.
|Pinned and ready to sew!|
|Sewing the casing|
|Topstitching the top of the casing.|
|Sewing the hem.|
|Sewing the hem.|
The finished top.
The back before elastic.
Take the opportunity to give the garment a good press before adding the elastic!
Thread elastic through the back casing,I cut mine 2/3 rds the back width,fit on my daughter and then trim. The 2/3 rds was a pretty good fit if the top is a gift.
Stitch the elastic in place following the pattern directions.
Following the pattern directions,make the tie.
Next time I shall make this first! Its seems fiddly at the end when you are nearly finished!
Thread the tie through the casing gently. Remember the top ruffle is on the bias and will stretch.
Thankyou for reading and looking at all the photos-you deserve a nice cup of tea........ and then go and down load the pattern!