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I was once again shopping at "MARDENS" yes my favorite surplus store in all of Maine. They had this Awesome book for $3.99 full of sewing instructions and the patterns to create little girls Boutique clothing by Mary Abreu.
I decided to try my hand at the Peasant dress with the ruffled layers. At first I looked at all the patterns and measurements and thought ahhhhh piece of cake. NOPE the ruffled layers a little more challenging than I thought.
After several tries and broken ruffled stitches I almost gave up. Then it hit me !!!! DON'T sew a long ruffle stitch along the whole piece but quarter it and pin it then run a straight ruffle stitch.
So I thought I would share how I did it with everyone.
I already added the green bottom layer to the layers. That layer was done the same way I will explain below.
I first line up the piece one on top of the other the bottom layer wrong side out and the top right side out.
Once I have the layers matched up I then fold the bottom black and green layers in half
I then make creases on each of the ends as this will be used as my center marks to match up for my quarter sections
Now open up the bottom layer to start matching the marks
Pin the right end section of the bottom layer to the right end of the top layer
Next the front centers
Then the left ends
Lastly the back center and you now have your 4 quarter sections pinned and ready to start your straight long stitch to create the gathering for each section.
Place each section in your sewing maatching and do a long stitch or following your machines stitching directions to create ruffle or gathering.
I hope this was helpful in constructing a garment that has severals rows of long gathers
I finished off the Peasant dress with a cute fabric bow

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Comment by Shannon on October 21, 2011 at 10:21pm
Gina I go to the one in Presque Isle Maine. Yes there are several great books. I also picked on up for $2.99 baby Couture by "Samantha McNesby" again full of instructions and full paper patterns to trace.
Comment by Regina Kelley on October 21, 2011 at 6:15pm

Hey Shannon,  Marden's is a great place to shop.  I got a book f rom Eileen Roche "queen of machine embroider" for 2.99 and had just sent for it's companion DVD from Nancys.  What a deal.. Which Mardens do you use?  I live in Winthrop so usually go to Lewiston.  Great dress.


Comment by Betty oj on October 19, 2011 at 8:37pm
sooo "neet and this..great job
Comment by Shannon on October 19, 2011 at 11:27am
Thank ladies and I too will have to try the other method!!!! Yes Mardens has awesome deals but it is a hit or miss as it is a surplus store so the deals go fast!!!! Most of the cotton fabric I can also get for $2.99-4.49 a yard :-)
Comment by Beth Missel on October 19, 2011 at 11:21am
PS:  You got a GREAT deal on this book!!  Just found it on Amazon, Was $26 originally -- down to $17.  High five!!
Comment by Beth Missel on October 19, 2011 at 11:19am

How cute!  I think I may have to look for this book.  Love your choice of fall fabrics too!!  

Awesome idea, Lillian Morier, to use a zigzag and mono-filament.  I might have to steal that one.  I bet the clear type thread for quilting would work well too.  =)

Comment by Brenda J. Moore on October 19, 2011 at 11:18am
Very smart idea and cute little dresses that I'm sure brought a lot of smiles t your daughter.
Comment by Destri Bufmack on October 19, 2011 at 10:31am
So cute!  Love the way you altered it, and the fabrics :)
Comment by Lillian V Morier on October 19, 2011 at 7:55am
Great job. I have used a small zig zag over fish string for big gathering.
Comment by Sewbusy on October 19, 2011 at 7:12am

great fabrics!  thanks for sharing.  I love "bargain" books too.


Have you ever tried using a ruffler foot?  It may use more fabric, but NO broken gathering stitches . . .

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