I’ve only recently discovered ruffle fabric, and I’m starting to get quite addicted to it. I’ve been buying mine from Fabric.com – they have a great selection for a reasonable price (and it’s delivered to my door, which is awesome).
It makes such adorable things in such little time! I feel like I’m cheating a little when I sew with it, but I can’t deny the great results.
Last week, I made a birthday outfit for my very good friend‘s little girl who was turning five years old.
I drafted a very simple a-line dress for her (with ruffle and lace embellishments, of course!) and made this super-quick leggings to wear with it. They were so easy to make!
Want to make a pair for your little girl?
- 1 yard Bisou Stretch Mini Ruffle Knit Ivory fabric (I used the brown version for this project)
- 3/4 to 1″ wide elastic
- rotary cutter (optional, but recommended)
Use a pair of leggings on hand or a leggings pattern to cut out two pieces of ruffle fabric. (Refer to this post if you need more detail on how to draft and sew leggings.)
The trick to cutting ruffle fabric, is to ensure all of the ruffles are facing downwards (to the bottom of the clothing) as you cut. Ensure that there’s a full ruffle on the bottom of each leg and trim behind it if necessary to remove any excess fabric (these leggings won’t be hemmed, so use a rotary cutter or trim carefully).
Sew the pieces together at the inseam, and then at the crotch. I use a serger on my knit fabrics, but you could also use a regular machine and then finish with a zigzag stitch.
Fold the top of the pants over 1/8″ more than your elastic’s width (so for 3/4″ elastic, I folded the top over almost 1″), and sew it down. Leave a hole, and then thread elastic through, secure it end-to-end, and then sew the hole shut.
All done! Oh, the ruffly cuteness.
Here’s a peek at the matching dress I made:
Have you ever tried sewing with ruffle fabric? What did you think?
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