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Date: 5/18/13 9:12 AM

I made a Maxidress out of Organic Pima Cotton. I cut it large knowing it would shrink. However I did not think it would shrink as much as it did.
It is at the mid calf length and I want it to be full length. I would like to add a ruffled skirt to bottoms edge.

How wide do I cut the extra fabric to make a nice mid ruffle extension? Do I cut it double the width of the existing dress botton?

on another note, I just purchased the Babylock Evolution. It came with a ruffler foot. Is it easy to use this foot?

Any suggestions that would help me get this maxi dress done would be greatly appreciated
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In reply to Mishogawear

Date: 5/18/13 10:13 AM

Mish - yes, you will need a bare minimum of 1 1/2 times for a slight ruffle to 3 times for a really ruffly ruffle. Don't forget to wash the new piece of fabric before you cut it out and sew it on.

Rufflers are great pieces of equipment, but you might want to read my cautionary tale before you start. Make sure you do enough practicing to be sure yours will work well for you. My ugly stitching is hidden in all those payers, but yours will show. And don't forget w need photos of the finished project!

------ to follow the progress on my next ballgown.

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Date: 5/18/13 3:10 PM

I agree with the range of 1.5 to 3 times the width of the area to which you will add your ruffle. My personal perference is 2 to 1. A ruffler is not terribly difficult to work with. It does take trial and error to get the right settings.

Also, do prewash your fabric for the mruffle. And, maybe this is a good reminder to all of us about the need to prewash and dry fabric before we sew. It is really hard to predict how a fabric will respond.

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