I love the look of pre-ruffled fabric and how easy it is to use. I got a good deal on some red ruffle fabric, but since red isn’t exactly my color I saved it for a special birthday present for my sister. As with most of the things I do, I read several tutorials and after not finding any one in particular that fit my needs, I kind of did my own thing. My approach wasn’t anything groundbreaking, but it’s so simple and has a flattering result that I thought I’d share. You’ll want to make seven or eight for yourself I’m sure.
- 1/2-3/4 yard pre-ruffled fabric (Your yardage will depend on your height.)
- 1/2-3/4 yard matching/coordinating knit (Since this is a lining the look of the fabric isn’t quite as important. I used an old t-shirt to line the skirt I made for myself.)
- Matching Thread
- Wide Elastic (2″+ preferably)
Fold a pencil skirt you own in half and trace. Add 1/4″-1/2″ to the edges depending on how big of a seam allowance you will be using. I used 1/4.” Cut two pieces on the fold of both the ruffle fabric and the knit. (To achieve this with only 1/2-3/4 yd I laid my fabric out, found the center, and brought each edge to the center to create two folds.) Make sure you line the top of the pattern up against the top of a ruffle so the ruffles on the front and back of the skirt will line up.
Match the right sides of the ruffle fabric up and the right sides of the knit fabric up.
I’m usually not too pin crazy, but with the ruffle fabric I put a pin in each ruffle to make sure everything stayed in place. You don’t want to catch any of the ruffles up because then you have to unpick stitches which is one of my least favorite things in the world.
Once you’ve sewed the sides of the ruffle fabric and the knit lining, put the knit inside the ruffle skirt and match up the side seams. You can sew the two layers together at this point if you want, but I was lazy and didn’t. The easiest way to do the waistband is to take the elastic, wrap it around your waist, pull it just a little bit so the elastic can properly do its job, and make a cut that leaves a little extra for a seam allowance. Sew the two ends together and then pin over the top of the skirt. Sew around the top. Give the skirt a final once over to make sure none of the ruffles were caught weird in the seams and trim any fabric that may pop out from underneath your bottom ruffle. You can hem the knit lining if you want, but you can also skip that since the knit won’t fray and hopefully no one will be examining the lining of your skirt.