In case you are thinking of taking on a pettiskirt - here are a few things I have learned along the way.
Firstly - the construction.
It's simply a two layered, three tiered skirt.
There's a top tier (the band - made from satin, lycra or cotton)
Middle tier (nylon chiffon or 20 denier nylon)
Bottom tier, same as middle tier but with the ruffle attached to it.
My advice? - go for the foot if you have one or plan to sew a lot of ruffles in the future!
The difference is you can do it all in 'one pass', as opposed to running a gathering stitch, teasing the gathers by hand to get a good fit then pinning and sewing it to the next layer of the skirt.
|This is the gather that I set my ruffler foot to, it's pretty tight as you can see.|
Using the ruffler foot you get a single line of stitching to secure the ruffle.
Before even attempting to use your ruffler foot - download this free guide to using your ruffler - it's a lot of help believe me.
If you are in Australia, DON'T GET POLYESTER NYLON as this frays terribly and is really stiff compared to the 20 denier nylon.
|This is the ruffle attached to the third (bottom) tier of the skirt.|
I bought a pattern, I didn't find it very helpful - at least not as helpful as this tutorial.
This is ace.
Construction is simply explained and there are great tips on how to set your machine up to gather if you don't have a ruffler foot.
The only things I changed were;
I sewed both layers together at the top tier (waistband) when I did the top-stitching as I wanted them to be secured together, and
I didn't do the thread through ribbon with elastic - I did an elastic waistband and a separate ribbon as I didn't want the small children to accidentally pull the ribbon through and out of the casing.
So I roughed out the waist measurements, based on other items of clothing, as the girls were not here when I finished the skirts off.
The only problem with this is that if you do lots of jumping on the trampoline holding hands with your cousin or aunt...