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Bolero with Ruffles

Added Dec 20, 2009

by klf

., United States






This is a ruffled bolero made using Sewella’s instructions. It took me forever to make because the fabric was so thin that it would get pushed down into the machine and torn apart. For awhile I though I might have been better off with a too-short tshirt. The other problem was that I couldn’t do a zigzag baby hem on the ruffles; my machine doesn’t seem to feed right when I sew that close to the edge. It turned out alright in the end, though.
My only change was that I added an eye hook at the collar to keep it from gaping open.

Material Notes

T-shirt from Banana Republic.




Garment Type

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    Dec 26, 2009, 02.26 AMby pjparty

    wow so cute. but hard to make?

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      Jan 3, 2010, 03.33 AMby klf

      I had trouble with the fabric, but the project instructions were really easy to follow.

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    Dec 23, 2009, 01.10 PMby fabricaddict

    I love your bolero!!!

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    Dec 20, 2009, 09.53 PMby sewella

    It is absolutely gorgeous! And the colour of your bolero is so beautiful and rich!

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    Dec 20, 2009, 09.33 PMby nettie

    Love it!! I was just thinking of making something like this to replace a much worn store bought one.

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    Dec 20, 2009, 09.31 PMby klf

    I think part of the problem was that I had the fabric covering only one of the feed dogs. Maybe I’m just not supposed to stitch that close to the edge? Anyway, I must have upset the machine because after setting it aside for a few weeks it gave me no trouble at all.

    I do have a walking foot, and when I get my nerve up I’ll try it on the chiffon I bought for another project :)

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    Dec 20, 2009, 09.06 PMby flosiepoos

    Very nice, looks fab! Have you tried using a walking foot, if you have one? It can make a huge difference to working with ‘difficult’ fabrics like this one, especially if the fabric is also very delicate. Well done!

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