Ruffle skirts are fun to make for adults and children. The one I make in this tutorial is a medium adult size skirt out of a solid jersey knit fabric. You can also mix and match prints and colors for the layers to give it a fun look.
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Take the connector pieces with the right sides facing each other and sew the open ends together using a ½” seam allowance.
For solid color jersey fabric there is no difference as to determine the right side. For any stretch fabric, make sure you’re stitching with ballpoint needles.
Do this for all four connector pieces and set aside.
Elastic thread is used in the bobbin. This thread will help the stitch stretch with the fabric.
Before you stitch, make sure that the stitch length on your machine is set at the longest stitch possible, which usually 5 or 6 depending on your machine.
Starting a ¼” in from the top, stitch a straight line across. Leave 4-5 inches of thread before cutting it. ¼” down from there, stitch a second line. Stitch a third line ¼” down from the second line.
For a zigzag stitch, make sure the length is 2.5 mm and the width is 3 mm. By setting it at this length and width, it helps the stitch stretch with the fabric.
Starting from the bottom, pin and zigzag stitch the right side of the connector piece to the right side of the ruffle using a 1” seam allowance.
First trim the inside seams down ½”. The last connector piece will be the waistband. Since we’re using 1 inch elastic, trim the waistband down 1/2 inch on each side.
To insert the elastic, attach safety pins to both ends. Attach 1 end to the opening of the fabric. Insert the other end through the waistband and use the safety pin to pull the elastic through.
Once it’s through, remove the safety pins, overlap the ends ½”, and zigzag stitch.
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