Some of you will remember that I made a skirt with inset godets for my mother which I did a post on this blog.
I made a blouse from the same fabric and finished the neckline with a circular ruffle.
I used the instructions how to measure and draft a pattern for a circular ruffle from the book
“Couture the Art of Fine Sewing” by Roberta Carr.
I used 3 circular ruffles for the neckline and because I did not want to finish the outer-edge with a serger.
I doubled the patterns ( cut 6 circular patterns) and lined the collar with the same fabric for a neat finish.
Anybody who have used a circular ruffle on a garment knows that if you want to use a facing the ruffle tend to turn upwards toward the neck and that was not my goal, so I needed to cheat a little or used common sense, because I was planning to use a facing instead of a bias binding.
A ruffle which is bind with a bias binding will fall towards the garment.
The ruffle is sewn at the neckline and I did sew a hairline away from the stitching line around the neckline. I pinned the facing on top of the ruffle matching seam allowances and turned the garment inside out so I had a stitching guide from the first stitching of the ruffle I sewed the facing a hairline inside the previous stitching.
Grade, clipped and pressed the seam allowances from the blouse, ruffle and facing.
Turned the facing to the inside but not all of it , I left a 1/4 inch (5 mm) visible on the outside which looks and act as a binding .The facing is sewed by hand in the ditch with tiny invisible stitches .The wide of the finished ruffle is 1 3/8 inch ( 3,5 cm)
Detail ruffle collar ,
The finished skirt and blouse,