Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Jersey Ruffle

I'm putting together some hand-sewing projects for the beach. Preparing for a trip always means cooking, cleaning, and now sewing before I can get out the door!

I'm making jersey dresses for the girls and I want to have the machine-sewn parts done so I can settle in with the handwork while we drive.

So I've done the seams on the machine (zigzag stitch), and Clara's embellishment will be a pleated ruffle around the skirt and around the neckline. I cut two-inch strips across the grain, then pinned pleats into place until I had eighty inches of ruffle! These I machine-sewed with a basting stitch.

They get machine-basted to the dress, then I hand-sew a 3/4 inch strip of jersey down the middle to finish them. All the visible stitching will be by hand, but the long boring stuff will be already done!


Susie at ProsperityStuff said...

Brilliant, and what fun! I enjoy having handwork to take in the car, or to work on in my rocking chair when it's quiet.

Lisa said...

holy mackerel!


Margo said...

I love handwork for trips, but it can be hard to keep up with my trips and have enough available. I'm considering handquilting a quilt again, but dragging around a whole quilt is a pain. I tried knitting socks in the spring, but I had to pay too much attention to directions.

Stephanie said...

I've almost quit trying to stitching on trains. It always starts conversations with the people around me, who are first surprised to see anyone embroidering, then doubly surprised to find it's an American who understands Swiss German, and pretty soon I'm having to explain my entire life trajectory. I don't get much stitching done.

Deanna Beth said...

I'm so curious to see it completed.

Shelley said...

I'm also preparing for a long holiday and adding sewing projects to my packing list!

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