The ruffled neckline was the last neckline variation we added to The Tunic Bible and are we ever glad we did! Since publishing The Tunic Bible this neckline is popping up e v e r y w h e r e ! ! !
Below is our latest inspired by a Sara Campbell top from her 2016 Holiday Collection.
The ruffled neckline tunic works well with several fabrics which we have sewn in various silks, cotton, brocade and polyester/elastane knits.
This neckline can appear to be intimidating to sew, but that’s not the case! Let’s take the mystery out of sewing the ruffled neckline……….
Our ruffle to neckline ratio is 2:1 and our finished ruffle width is 2 inches. However, both the gathered ratio and the ruffle width can be adjusted to suit your taste!
Before cutting your ruffle:
- Mark and cut the neckline.
- Stitch 1/4″ from the neckline edge
- Clip to inside corners. (see below)
This opening will determine the width of your finished ruffle. If you desire a wider ruffle simply adjust the neckline to accommodate the new size.
4. Pin Bodice Front and Bodice Back together at shoulders, starting at the outside shoulder edge. Stitch. Inside edges will not meet due to trimmed front neckline. Trim away excess from Bodice Back at shoulders so that edges are even and back neckline is gently curved. Use French curve ruler if necessary. This tool is helpful when drawing soft curves between 2 points.
Your fabric width for the ruffle will be twice the width of the finished ruffled plus 1″. It should equal the measurement of the clipped keyhole opening .
6. Fold ruffle in half lengthwise; press and baste raw edges. Gather ruffle to length of neckline plus 1 ̋ (2.5 cm).
7. Pin ruffle to neckline extending each end 1/2″ (1.3 cm) below the lower edges of neckline. Stitch with a 1/2″ seam.
8. At lower neckline edge, overlap right ruffle over left and stitch ruffle and lower neckline edges together with a 1/2″(1.3 cm) seam.
9. Finish the seam allowances with a serger or by trimming and binding the seam allowance with bias tape.
10. Press the neckline seams to the inside and topstitch. This step will help the ruffles turn inward.
This method gives you the flexibility needed to create a ruffle that’s just your style! Our full tutorial in The Tunic Bible will carefully guide you to a ruffled neckline admired by all!
Hooray for Ruffles!!