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I trim lots of my costumes with ruffles, but if I'm making it up as I go rather than using a pattern I need some way of figuring out how many feet of fabric I need to gather up to get a pretty result.  Fabrics of differing weights and types gather up very differently, so I can't just rely on what worked the last time.  Creating a ruffle gauge lets me get it right the first time!

You'll need the following:
  • Spare piece of your fabric (about 30" by 6")
  • Square scrap of any fabric to mount your ruffles to (about 12" by 12")
  • Ruler
  • Pen
  • Sewing stuff (duh)
I made this gauge out of scrap fabrics and used the sewing machines at TechShop Menlo Park
 
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Step 1: Mark and Cut

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We're going to gather various lengths of fabric into the same amount of space so that we can compare them.  To start, mark three 10 inch lines on your square piece of fabric.

I'm going to test out the following ruffle ratios:
  • 1.5 to 1  (15 inches of ruffle fabric gathered into 10 inches)
  • 2 to 1  (20 inches of ruffle fabric gathered into 10 inches)
  • 3 to 1  (30 inches of ruffle fabric gathered into 10 inches)
Use whatever ratios you like, but mark the ratio next to each line so you can keep track.  Cut your strips of fabric to be ruffled following the ratios you've decided to test.  As mentioned above, I have strips that are 15", 20" and 30" long.
This is such a smart idea!
Thanks!
tschmieder2 years ago
I'm just beginning to learn but this is amazing! I was worried I would do my ruffles wrong but I think with this I will do fine :D Thanks!
TheLacedAngel_TSMP (author)  tschmieder2 years ago
Glad it's useful for you! Good luck on your project!