Ruffles have long been a fashion staple. Girls, women and even men have adorned themselves with these waves of fabric for centuries. A large ruffled collar can focus an admirer's eye on the ruffle and away from a problem area like a sagging neck. When positioned correctly, a large ruffled collar can add substance to a small bust line. Whatever the reason, fabricating a large ruffle collar is something even a beginning sewer can accomplish.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Soft tape measure
- Pen, pencil or sewing chalk
- Sewing machine
- Straight pins
- Lace or trim (optional)
Calculate the collar width in inches, multiply by 2 and add 1 inch for the seam allowance. Choose whether the collar will have soft and loose ruffles, or compact and tight ruffles. Use the soft measuring tape and measure the circumference of the garment neck. Multiply the neck measurement by 2 for a loose ruffle or by 3 for a compact ruffle. Add 1 inch to either measurement for the seam allowance.
Lay the fabric flat on a table. Use the ruler and pen to draw the rectangular measurements onto the fabric parallel to the selvedge edge. Cut out the collar.
Place right sides together while folding the collar in half width wise. Sew the lengthwise ends together using a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Turn the collar right-side out and iron.
Sew a long running stitch, which is also called gathering, 1/2 inch from the open edge of the collar. Sew through both layers of fabric the length of the collar without reinforcing any stitches. Leave several inches of thread at each end. Pull on the top thread from each side and form the ruffles while working your way toward the centre of the collar. Pull the threads until the collar equals the neck measurement and the ruffles are equally spaced.
Pin the right side of the collar to the right side of the neck opening. Adjust the ruffles as needed to fit the opening. Sew the collar into place with a short machine stitch close to the running stitch. Reinforce the first few beginning and ending stitches by reversing the stitching direction. Remove the straight pins just ahead of the advancing sewing machine needle. Remove the running stitches by pulling on one end of the top thread. Trim the seam allowance close to the stitching. Sew on a facing to enclose the raw edges, or encase the raw edges with trim and top stitch into place.
Tips and warnings
- Preshrink (wash and dry) fabrics before cutting.
- Start slowly and stay in control of the sewing machine.
- Keep fingers clear of the sewing machine needle.
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