Monday, August 16, 2010

Ruffled Neckline

As promised, here are the instructions for making a ruffled neckline.

1)  Decide the width of your finished ruffle.  Add 5/8" and double that measurement.  Now cut a strip of fabric this width and 1 1/2 times the finished length.  I like to cut mine on the bias, but cross grain will also work well.

2)  Fold in half lengthwise  with right sides together and press.

3)  Finished short ends that will not be enclosed in a seam by turning right sides together and stitching a 1/4" seam.  Turn right side out and press again.

4)  Stitch two or three rows of gathering stitches along long unfinished edge and then pull up gathers to the length of the neck.   Pin.  Stitch.

5)   Cut a bias strip the length of your neckline plus a couple of inches and about 1 3/4" - 2"  wide.  You might want to experiment with the width.   Pin to neckline, stretching slightly around curves.  Stitch

5)  Trim seam to a scant 1/4" and clip is necessary.

6)  Fold binding over raw edge, fold seam allowance in and pin.

7)  Hand stitch in place.

**Note:  You can also bind the edge by folding the binding in half, like a quilt binding.

Here's a look at the finished neck:

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