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bias strips for ruffles?

sabu | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi,
I am trying to create a large folded square scarf with a ruffle. I am cutting the scarf body on the bias, do I need to cut the ruffle strips on the bias as well?
thanks!

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  1. mjorymer | | #1

    A square shape with all edges being on the true bias is going to be very stretchy.  No matter what you sew to the edges--you will lose the natural give of the bias.  But, you will lose less if you are piecing bias to bias.  What exactly are you trying to make and what is the fabric?

    Marijo Rymer, PACC VP of PR

    1. sabu | | #2

      Hi,
      Thanks so much for your thoughts! I am making a triangular scarf (a bias square folded over in a triangle) with a ruffle around 2 edges--trying to copy a burberry scarf I saw in ####photo in a wool jersey--I decided to try it with bias ruffles using some inexpensive poly georgette i had and it seemed to work, so now I am going to try it with more expensive wool jersey--are there any guidelines for making ruffles on or not on the bias?
      :-)

      1. mjorymer | | #3

        Ok  now I understand.  with ruggles on two sides, you will still have some of the stretch of the bias.  Ruffles cut on the straigt of grain will not like as gracefully as if cut on the bias.  You can fudge it a little and cut them between on-grain and bias but, obviiously, it will look better if they are cut on the bias.  Are you using a plaid like a Burberry tartan?  If so, the slightly askew ruffles will not look very good.  You can get away iwth it if they are of a solid. 

         

        Marijo

        1. sabu | | #4

          I am not using a plaid, just a solid wool jersey--the georgette was an allover pattern, so it also worked out. Thanks for the quick response--now i just have to make the leap from the $4.00/yard georgette to the $18.00 wool that i like without panicking!
          :-)

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