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Hey, y’all. New here. Hoping you can help me. I’ve been faced with this issue several times in recent months and really have no idea how to do this.

I am making a swimsuit that has an elastic waistband but has a ruffle at the waist. (Little girls pageant suit…and before anyone blasts me about pageants and stuff, I’m only the hired hand. I don’t like glitz pageants. Lol). I can’t figure out how to attach the ruffle. It doesn’t strech but the waistband does. So how are you supposed to do it? I currently have a maxi dress I want to make that will incorporate the same deal.
Will it work to just attach it normal? Do I use elasticized thread? Help!



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    May 26, 2013, 04.04 PMby sewingfan1

    Have you got a picture you could post to show exactly what you mean? I’m assuming you’d make it with stretchy fabric as presumably the swimming costume is stretchy too. Or you could attach it to the elastic you’re putting for the waistband and sew that to the outside rather than the inside of the costume? If you attach it to the elastic, you’d cut the elastic to the length you want it plus seam allowance, cut the ruffle piece longer than the elastic, you’d have to experiment with length depending on how much of a ruffle effect you want but i’d guess at least 1/4 again longer. Fold ruffle piece in half lengthways and match the centre of it to the centre of elastic, pin in place, then fold again in1/4s and pin in place where the folds of the ruffle quarter of a way along match quarter along elastic. Then sew the ruffle to the elastic with a zigzag or stretch stitch pulling the elastic taut enough so the ruffle fabric is lying flat as you sew each quarter to the elastic. I think that’s how i’d do it but not sure i’m visualising what you’re planning properly

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