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From: HeatherL
Date: 02-26-2007, 11:20 AM (1 of 6)
I have a straight skirt pattern that fits me well, so rather than trying out a new pattern that includes a flounce, I'd like to just add one to what I have.

My questions are:
*Do you cut the flounce along the grainline, or on the bias? Or does it depend on the cut of the skirt body?
*Should the flounce be cut as a straight strip, like a ruffle? Or slightly curved, so it won't require gathering where it's attached but will gently ruffle at the edge?

TIA for advice!
User: HeatherL
Member since: 03-13-2004
Total posts: 102
From: plrlegal
Date: 02-26-2007, 12:08 PM (2 of 6)
Heather look at the pattern layout for the skirt pattern that you purchased. I've made a couple of those skirts, but I'm at work right now and can't remember if the flounce was on the bias or straight grain of the fabric. Something tells me though that the pattern layout will show it to be cut on the bias.

User: plrlegal
Member since: 05-19-2001
Total posts: 318
From: HeatherL
Date: 02-26-2007, 12:36 PM (3 of 6)
I don't have a pattern to reference, that's the point of my post. I have a plain ol' straight skirt pattern. The flounce would be my own addition.
User: HeatherL
Member since: 03-13-2004
Total posts: 102
From: Pudge99
Date: 02-26-2007, 12:48 PM (4 of 6)
Try this Heather.
Pictures of my successes and failures
Pfaff 2040
Janome Mylock 134D
Singer Futura CE-100 w/ Autopunch
Husqvarna Viking 3D Sketch
User: Pudge99
Member since: 10-30-2001
Total posts: 1375
From: mommydionne
Date: 02-26-2007, 01:18 PM (5 of 6)
I've put flounces on straight skirts, I make circular ruffles,
what I do is measure the perimeter of my skirt bottom, then I draw 2 circles with the inside perimeter half of the skirt measurement +3 cm each(the 3cm is for your seam allowances when you sew the 2 ruffles together,
I like 2 circles b/c I find one is not as full as I like, then I add my seam allowances to the inner circle and cut the outer circle depending how wide I want my ruffle to be,
This sounds really complicated but it's not, practice a couple of times with some cheapie fabric, (old sheets?)
It makes for a nice smooth finish at the bottom of the skirt and doesn't add a bunch of weight.
I usually finish with a rolled hem on the serger for lightweight fabrics (but a baby hem would work well) and I line heavier fabrics (ie wool etc)
User: mommydionne
Member since: 01-08-2004
Total posts: 838
From: HeatherL
Date: 02-26-2007, 02:50 PM (6 of 6)
Awesome! Thank you so much!! :up:
User: HeatherL
Member since: 03-13-2004
Total posts: 102
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