How To Make A Couture Ruffled Vest

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How To Make A Couture Ruffled Vest

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1. First turn the pants inside out, pin the two layers of the leg together and cut out a long rectangle thats bigger at one end.

2. Repeat with the other leg, then sew a seam around the entire perimeter of each rectangle. Leave a small gap and turn them both right side out.

3. Sew a top seam around each rectangle and close up your gaps.

4. Slightly overlap the two wider ends then pin. Now make small pleats all the way down one side and pin. Repeat on the other side, making sure to fold both sides under.




5. Sew the pleats on one end starting at the end then stopping in the middle. Go with the pleats, not against. Then sew the other half the same way.





6. Next take out some inch-wide elastic, fit it around your neck, under your arms and connect it at the back. Then pin the middle of the elastic to the middle of the garment. 



7. Then sew the elastic to the garment, making sure you stretch the elastic as you sew, so the ruffles will scrunch up more. Start in the middle and work your way to one end. Repeat on the other side. 


8. Now sew down both sides of the elastic, again, stretching as you sew. 




9. Then overlap the ends of the elastic and sew it together in a rectangular motion. Add a hap-harzard stitch in the middle and at the ends and you are done! 





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WitchyWoman80 on Jun 06, 2015:

I can't sew... wish I could. Do you sell these?

Anonymous on Oct 07, 2013:

Fabulous haute couture look

AliciaY on Sep 25, 2011:

its brilliant ! and it looks well made!!

Rosa Lee on Jun 26, 2010:

Love. Love. Love! I just created my own ruffled vest yesterday and I loved how it looks.  Thanks for the tutorial. Check mine out: http://tinyurl.com/24vr9ap

liendt0706 on Jun 30, 2008:

fav...I love it

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