Wednesday, May 21, 2008
lettuce for julie
A maya*made reader, Julie, asked for info on the technique I used for edging on my daughter's green dress. I was hoping to tell her when I posted a picture of the completed dress...but my appreciative girl hasn't taken it off long enough for me to add that last part. So here is what I did to create the "lettuce" ruffle at the bottom hem and at the sleeves. I've only tried this with jersey knit fabric. Set your sewing machine to a tight zigzag, essentially a satin stitch. Sew along a raw edge and stretch fabric in both directions as you go. Take care to still let your machine feed the fabric and don't pull it through. That's it! It's very fun and super easy. The only drawback is that you go through a lot...I mean A LOT of thread! I cut off a pair of leggings that were too short and turned them into lettuce edged capris to slip on under the dress. I'd love to hear if others have a different way to achieve this look with a standard sewing machine. Hope this helps, Julie!