How to make a pleated skirt ruffle..

So I am working on a new outfit which requires a lot of pressed ruffles.  I thought that I would show you how I made the ruffles that are attached to the skirt.  May I recommend a good movie to help with the monotony.

So however many yards of fabric you want your skirt to be, you will need that many for the ruffles.  I had 5 yards for the skirt, thus 5 for the ruffles.

Start by cutting the ruffle yardage in half.  You will end up with four very long pieces.

Then fold each strip in half and hem.


Then take the strips and press them so the seam is in the middle.  The side with the seam will be your wrong side and the non-seamed side will be the right side.


Attach all the strips together so you have one long strip.

Begin pressing the pleats.  You can make them as wide as you would like.  Don’t worry about the pleats falling apart as you press.  The “crimps” you make with the iron will hold until you sew the pleats together.


Then stitch the pleats on the right side.  You can place the seam anywhere you want.  I put mine around an inch from the top.


Then attach the ruffle to your hemmed skirt.  Again, place the ruffle anywhere you want.  I have my ruffle extending 2 inches from the hem of the skirt.


Stich away.

I also am using a lot of black velvet ribbon for trim so I attached the trim to the ruffle and stitched over the original stitching line so it won’t be seen.


This is how it will look after the ruffle and trim is attached.


Make your skirt as usual, press and voila…a beautiful pleated skirt!


When you wish you could do a retake….

I am not all that photogenic.  Sometimes I looked crazed or like I only have one eye.  So I am sympathetic to those who may not look their usual self in pictures.  Well, I came across this picture of a young girl, well dressed….but looking rather surprised.  Now often photos of this time period feature people who look a little “wide-eyed” , however I found this girl’s expression to be unusual.  Sort of an innocent “deer in the headlights” look.  I kinda chuckled and began to wonder about her back story.  What was she looking at in the studio?

I wonder if she groaned when she picked up her picture from the photographer?…I do like her dress.


From the Archives: 1862 Floral Summer Gown

While organizing my gowns, I came across this little lovely and decided to take it’s picture.

I made it out of fabric I purchased on one of my visits to Gettysburg.  The cotton is soooo unbelievable soft!!







I put it up for sale if you are interested!