Friday, August 21, 2015

Ruffles ~

I have been making ruffles. By the way, I hate making ruffles, but sometimes they are necessary and at least I have a way to make them that is fail proof. I set my zig-zag stitch at the widest setting and sew over crochet thread. When I am  done I  pull the crochet thread to make the ruffles. This works particularly well with heavy decor fabrics.

Voila! ruffles made.
 You can see below how the crochet thread method works.

I found this gorgeous brocade fabric at an online remnant store. I thought is would be right for the daybed pillows in the guest bedroom. I bought it without sending for a sample and held my breath when it came and I opened it. Perfect!

When I get these pillows finished  this room will finally be done it seems to have taken me forever, rooms including lots of fabric seem to require the most time to pull together and with this room it was the drapes plus the bedding for the daybed.

I did manage to squeeze in a little sewing time to make a new dress. This is for casual wear. I love this dress pattern. Made out of knit. It is so comfortable to wear in our hot summer weather, goes together like a breeze and is actually quite flattering.

Enough sewing for now, the weather has cooled down a bit and the garden is demanding attention.

Thank you for visiting I hope you have a great day!


  1. I admire people who can sew like you...I have made a few things over the years curtains, pillows and tea towels but I have never tried making clothing. Your new dress looks so simple yet elegant. I would add a straw hat and have a tea party in the garden!

    1. Sounds good to me...will you come? (-:

      I have been sewing all of my life. I am small, 5'3" and it is hard to buy things that fit. With home decorative stuff it was the only way to get the things I I don't know any other way.

  2. What a clever idea to make ruffles. Thanks for sharing and the dress is so cute. I love to sew to, but not clothes. I always seem to mess the clothes up.

  3. Thanks for the great tip on making ruffles - sounds like it works better. Your dress is very lovely and I know that it will look very good and cool for you. You are going to need it as next week it's going to be HOT HOT HOT!
    I used to be 5'3" and now I am 4' 11" - I', shrinking LOL
    Have a great weekend and I hope your beautiful garden is doing well. Mine is pitiful.

  4. Thank you for sharing your ruffle making technique! The fabric is beautiful!!! I will make sure I keep this in mind for my next sewing adventure.
    I love the dress you made...that is my style of warm weather dressing. You can dress it up or down...depending on the occasion. Stay cool!

  5. Oh, your dress is darling! I'll bet you look stunning in it too. You know what, that is exactly how Ii make ruffles too. A little lady showed me this way back in the 70s and I never made them any other way! The new fabric for the pillows is very pretty and I see you like a full ruffle too. I do too, they look so lovely! Hope your summer is going well.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  6. cleaning out my house now and then plan to get out the machine and sew something. anything, just to get back in practice. that fabric is beautiful.

  7. The dress is beautiful! I don't sew and didn't really understand what you did, but the fabric looks gorgeous.


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