Thursday, 22 October 2015

1930s Ruched Ruffles

This 1930s Bestway Ribbon magazine has to be one of my favourite sewing booklets ever.  It has some lovely ribbon needlecraft projects including handbags, flower corsages and of course the essential Deco crinoline lady!  You might have seen pretty little shell type ribbon trims inside handbags of this era, usually used to trim the edges of the linings, and this book has instructions for making them.  Basically, you work zigzags of running stitch along the length of ribbon then draw them up & the ruching magic happens!  Scan of instructions below:

I was customising a denim jacket & wondered how this technique would work with wider strips of fabric so gave it a go.  I had cut "ribbons" of silk approx. 1"/2.5cm wide & then overlocked the edges.  I stitched with the zigzag running stitch by hand (much quicker than I had anticipated) & then gathered it up to fit the hemline I wanted to trim.  I pinned it in place & zigzagged with my sewing machine.  I really love the final result & will be doing lots more ruched ruffles in the future! x



  1. This jacket is absolutely lovely. I've just discovered your blog and am working my way back through the archives. I admire your creativity. Thanks so much for posting these wonderful upcycles.

  2. Thanks Gail, I love trying out vintage sewing techniques and was really pleased how this 1930s ruffling turned out.


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