Making the Ruffle Trim
You can of course buy ruffled lace… I suggest you do that… I didn’t.
I don’t really think you should do what I did, but I wanted a ‘rough’ edge as I did make this as a pirate costume… honestly!… So I got some interesting lace-type fabric:
And yea, I shredded into just over 2 inch lengths
I sewed all the lengths together…
And this is how you ruffle using a sewing machine, loose stitch tension, long stitch length, straight stitch… and GOOOOO…
You end up with something looks like this….
Now across all edges you’re going to make another line of stitching. big enough to accommodate your elastic, the stitching needs to sew your seam allowance to your garment. from the outside it should look like this:
You need to thread your elastic though the casing you’ve made (if you need help look here) sew or tie the ends of your elastic together at the sleeves, and sew your elastic in place to secure it along your collar and you’re done!
How tight the elastic is is really up to you, some people might prefer it tighter than others… ‘try it on’ for size before you sew it into the top.
And there you go!
As always, please copy, please change, please show me what you made, but don’t pretend it was your idea, that’s just wrong 🙂