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Posted on: 8/27/06 3:16 PM
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A flounce - ruffly looking piece in skirts or sleeves is one of the easiest things to draft from scratch and being able to do so will enable you to create quick patterns and pattern modifications.

An example of flounce skirt is Kwik Sew 3032

Now, I wanted to create a similar skirt for my 4 yo niece. Which I did click here for photo. Here are easy steps for creating a flounce.

We are going to create a pattern on fold so we get an even flounce.

Step 1: Measuring
Flounces are usually attached to the ends of skirts or sleeve patterns, so measure the width of your pattern piece. For example in my case it was 6" wide. Now decide the depth of your flounce. I chose 3". The initial pattern piece will just be a rectangle measuring 6" X 3".

Step 2: Mark and cut out the rectangle
Once you have your rectangle, mark lines 1/2" apart parallel to the short side.

Step 3: Dividing the pattern
Now very carefully cut the pattern from the bottom to but not through the top. So we are leaving a hinge at the top. The little fringe will want to curl up and thats ok. Tape one small side (thats going to be on fold so we dont want to touch that side) to the board.

Step 4: Rotating the pattern
Now, add space after each little fringe and start to tape it to the cutting board. You'll notice that now your rectangle looks like a quarter circle. Thats the idea. The photo on top will show you what it should look like. Tape up the little pieces so its easy to manage.

Step 5: Trace over the shape
Now cover this pattern piece with tissue and trace over the shape, trueing up the curves. Add the fold line to identify which side is on fold.

I recommend tracing the final step on a fold so you can open up the pattern piece and fix any errors when you open up the piece. The curve shouldnt have any irregularities.

That's it! You have your flounce. Sew it to your pattern and you're done. Lettuce the ends or even leave the edges raw.

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Deepika said... (8/28/06 6:15 PM) Reply
Stitch my flounce is on a fold so thats the grainline. The last line in step 3. Sorry its not clear in the photo at all. I should have marked the fold line too. But basically one small side is the fold line and you dont move that at all.
OP Gal said... (8/28/06 11:49 AM) Reply
It hadn't occurred to me that I could actually draft a flounce. Your tip made it easy. Thanks.
Stitchology said... (8/28/06 8:05 AM) Reply
How do you orient the grain line?
Deepika said... (8/27/06 8:35 PM) Reply
Yes, I forgot to mention that. Its a fun thing to add to the end of the sleeves as well. I did this to my Jalie crossover tee.
hongkongshopper said... (8/27/06 8:26 PM) Reply
Thanks for the tip! I suppose the further you spread the fringe pieces apart, the more flouncy it will be?
CSM--Carla said... (8/27/06 4:22 PM) Reply
This is a very clever idea--thank you for sharing it! Carla
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