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Attaching vertical ruffles to the back skirt of a wedding dress

margret1578's picture

Hello!  I need some help in attaching vertical ruffles to a wedding dress with lace overlay .  Do I open the seams and attach?  or do I french seam them in to the overlay?

the  dress I'm making was made by Victorio and Luccino and presented to the public in April of 2010.  Please help!

sewchris703's picture

How is the back skirt (post #36002, reply #1 of 5)

How is the back skirt constructed?  Does it have seams where the ruffles need to go?  If there are seams, sew the ruffles into the seams.  If there aren't, then top stitch the ruffles to the skirt with the ruffles pointing toward the waist.  After they are sewn, fold them down and lightly steam them to stay in place and hide the seam.

Chris

margret1578's picture

vertical ruffles (post #36002, reply #2 of 5)

The dress skirt has several pieces cut graduated to a built in cathedral train.If the ruffles are sewn in the seam, do I sew a lace overlay to the pieces to match the front?

I really appreciate the help!  There is nthing that I haven't sewn but this one is kind of throwing me for a loop, as I have no written instructions to guide me throught the process!

sewchris703's picture

I'm not picturing what you are saying (post #36002, reply #3 of 5)

Can you post a picture of the skirt?  Do you mean as in a two tiered look with the overlay above the ruffles or are the ruffles actually under the overlay?  If the later, I'm not sure why you would want the ruffles as they really won't show through the overlay and will only puff out the overlay so it won't lay smooth.

Chris

margret1578's picture

vertical ruffles (post #36002, reply #4 of 5)

The vertical ruffls are on the outside with lace overlay over the satin, under the ruffle!

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sewchris703's picture

Ok, the ruffles look like (post #36002, reply #5 of 5)

Ok, the ruffles look like they are cut from the lace.  Have you tried cutting the ruffles on the bias and then draping them starting at the waist, folding them in a zigzag pattern?  The edging is cut straight and sewn onto the bias strips.  Or cut the ruffles as circles then sewn together and edged as above.

Chris