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Rainbow ruffle skirt, need some tips
Vandoels
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Date: 10/21/13 4:12 PM

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My daughter is begging for a rainbow ruffle skirt. I perusex the Internet and found some inspiration. I have my cotton in rainbow colors washed and ironed.

So, I'm not sure if I should make an a-line skirt, a circle skirt, or a "two rectangles" skirt and then attach the ruffles at equal intervals on to the lightweight skirt?

I have a thick elastic for the waist band. I know how to make ruffles and I know how to sew, I just need some tips on what to sew the ruffles to if that makes sense?

Ideas or thoughts!

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Date: 10/21/13 4:32 PM

For your consideration:

Ruffles sewn to a knit skirt, slight A-line

Ruffles sewn to a woven cotton underskirt

Ruffles sewn between rainbow bands of rainbow fabric which was inspired by this detailed layered skirt tutorial.

The most common approach seems to be more of a straight skirt, but I would prefer an A-line skirt myself, but that's just my personal preference.

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Date: 10/22/13 10:08 AM

I'm with CM. A-line is the way to go to get proper "twirlability." I am a bit shocked that the straight skirts get little girl approval since everyone knows the twirl factor is at least, if not more important than the ruffle. duh!

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Date: 10/22/13 1:26 PM

I agree with the other two who have commented. Definitely go with something in between A-line and circle skirt. All those ruffles on a straight skirt are cute but there is no movement. It doesn't look right to me. And it's true, it is all about the twirl for a little girl!

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Date: 10/22/13 2:40 PM

I agree as well. A straight skirt with ruffles is just not as fun as A-line or wider.

But let me provide an alternative - especially if twirliness is a consideration. What about a tiered skirt - where each layer is a different color? My Review of a patchwork version I did for my niece last Christmas. Doing each row in one color would have made it much easier.

Basically, I had to divide the circumference, and figure out how many "patches" for each row - and then not let similar ones meet up. If each tier had been a single long strip, it would have been much easier!

Here's a tutorial for the basic skirt. And a pic of mine -

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Date: 10/25/13 1:23 AM

So I've decided on the ruffle+connector skirt idea. Everything is cut.

I have decided on either a rolled hem or a narrow 3 thread hem to finish the bottom of each ruffle. I like that it won't weigh the skirt down as much as the typical fold iron and fold under and top stitch.

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