Frills and ruffles are very popular embellishments in dressmaking. There are quite a few methods to gather fabric, but double basting method is the universal one. Its main advantage is that it can be used with any fabric,be it knitted or woven and it is essentially the same done by hand or sewing machine. The beauty of this method is the neatness of the result, it produces even and tidy ruffles and works equally well on straight or circular pieces.
Depending on the design fabric can be cut on straight, cross-grain or on bias. Bias method is favoured when the ruffle will be finished with the lettuce edge, and requires a fair bit of stretching.
Difference between flounces and ruffles comes from the way the folds are formed. With ruffles it is gathering of the fabric that gives the frills. Secret of flounces lay in the cut - the seam edge of the flounce is much shorter then the hem line. It can be achieved by various means, most common ways to cut the flounce is :
shape based method
developing a flounce detail from the pattern piece
I love this concept! It's got a mood of sea side holidays - sunrise palette, stripes, drop waistline, full circle skirt and even the version of sailor collar! It's like old sailor dress has been given major overhaul. My job is done! I hope fabrics and construction will do justice to my new Seaside Dress.