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February’s Wardrobe Challenge Ruching and Shirring! January’s Winners Announced …

February Challenge logoJanuary’s challenge was just to get you in the mood to sew and it looks like it worked!  So many of you are posting fabrics and patterns you plan on tackling this year.  February’s challenge includes ruching and shirring.  If you can’t tell I am a little addicted to ruching, well that and dyeing fabrics.  I can hardly stand to wear a top without ruching somewhere and the best part is that it can be done so quickly!  I have used this technique on so many garments, which of course I will share all month.  The look is flattering and adds a custom look.

Here is an old post or below is a quick video showing my simple technique (by the way, this is an old video and there was obviously an issue with sound and it’s not in stereo.  Ignore that and enjoy the technique :))

For February, add anything and everything ruched and shirred.  This can be a casual garment or go all out with an evening dress, whatever will inspire you to sew  🙂  In case you missed this, the challenges will be listed above under the link “Angela Wolf’s Wardrobe Challenge”.  At first I didn’t realize I had hidden the pages, so thanks to those that let me know. February’s challenge still takes place on Pinterest and adds another social venue for sharing photo’s, a flickr group.  This will be the location to enter your sewn or restyled garments.  For details on adding photo’s to this group click here.

February’s Pinterest: 

  • Follow me on Pinterest
  • Follow my Wardrobe Challenge 2014 board
  • Create your own board Wardrobe Challenge 2014 (you might have already finished the first 3 steps in January, you will be using the same wardrobe challenge board all year J)
  • Pin
    • adding hashtag #wardrobechallenge to the comments section pin inspiration for ruching and shirring.  Add at least one pin from each sponsor.
    • If you are entering February’s contest post a comment and link to your board right here.  It’s important to add a link to your pinterest board each month, then we know if you participated or not.

January 2014 Winners:

First of all, everyone’s boards are so inspiring!  Not that any of us need to spend any more time on Pinterest LOL, but this is really fun.  I have been scanning each of your wardrobe boards at night, it makes for really creative dreams 🙂  The judging was difficult, so the panel picked 3 top winners and randomly picked 2 more.  Congratulations Everyone!  If you are a winner contact me at info@angelawolf.com
Overall Best Wardrobe Ideas and over 100 pins!
1 year Threads Insider Membership winner Susie Dodd

Excellent pins and really went overboard supporting all the sponsors, not to mention she has well over 100 pins on her Wardrobe Challenge Board! 
$50 WAWAK sewing gift card winner Karla Hollett

This board is filled with fitting advice and tutorials, which is one of the most important parts of sewing success!
One Pattern, Many Ways Vol. 1 DVD winner Sandy Heller

The judges scanned all the Pinterest boards that were submitted in the January challenge and the ones that followed all the instructions, including pins from each sponsor were thrown into a hat … and the winners are:

It’s Sew Easy season 5 DVD winner Lori

Angela Wolf’s Create a Jacket Muslin on PatternReview.com Shawn Heiestand

Elastic Thread Ruching on a Coverstitch plus FREE SERGING CLASS!

Ruching with Elastic Thread on a Serger / Coverstitch Machineelastic ruching chainstitch angela wolf serging overlock6

Loose flowing tops are right on trend right now, here is a quick way to add a little flair and fit with one of my favorite serging techniques; ruching with elastic thread.  Add the ruching to the sleeve edge, hem or neckline. This is so cute and really easy!  This ruching can be done on a sewing machine by winding the elastic thread in the bobbin, threading the machine with any silk, cotton, or polyester thread, and stitch with a narrow zigzag. What about serging with the chainstitch?  The chainstitch is found on coverstitch machines or sergers with the added coverstitch function.

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SET UP THE SERGER / COVERSTITCH MACHINE    For this sample I am using my  Brother 1034D 3 or 4 Thread Serger with Easy Lay In Threading with Differential Feed
.  Thread the machine like you would for a chainstitch:  use thread in the needle and elastic thread in the looper.  Be patient with the elastic thread, but it will go through the machine just fine 🙂         

Adjust the tension:

  • Loosen the needle tension  (loosen by 2 notches)
  • Tighten the looper tension (start by tightening 1 notch)

When adjusting the tensions, my coverstitch has a standard setting at 4 –  so adjust the tension on your machine accordingly.  Then simply run the edge of the fabric through the serger.  The photo’s below show you the front and back side of the first row of stitching.

Elastic Ruching with a Coverstitch Mahcine

Back side of elastic ruching

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Put the fabric back in the machine, line up the previous row of stitching with the edge of the presser foot and stitch.

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That it! I usually ruch 2 – 6 rows depending on the design.  Another idea is to ruch the waist on a skirt – the elastic ruching makes a great waistband and then you wear the waist high or low.  I will dig up a photo of my silk bathing suit cover up that is sewn like this.

FREE SERGING CLASS GIVEAWAY!

Speaking of using a coverstitch and overlock machine – I have a class on Craftsy called Creative Serging – Beyond the basics.  I am giving away a FREE CLASS to one lucky reader. All you have to do is leave a comment below telling me why you would like to take the free class.  Click over and “‘like” my facebook page and you will get 2 entries.  If you leave a comment on the facebook page you get an extra entry as well (that’s 3 entries total :)).  One name will be drawn randomly on August 1st.  I know many of you are already in my class as we are just under 5,000 students, awesome!  For those of you that are already enjoying the class, leave a comment as to what you like most about the class and I will include you in the next giveaway (trust me, it will be good :))

If you don’t want to wait for the drawing, here is a coupon for big savings on the class.  Good luck!!!!!!   Cheers 🙂  Angela

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Learn How to Ruch a Simple Tee

My first pattern The Ruched-T  (now available in sizes XXS – 5X and paper or downloadable :))has been out a few months now and I have really enjoyed all the emails and facebook postings from everyone wearing their new tops 🙂   A few of you have asked how I do the ruching and I thought the best way to explain is to just show you.  So I have put together a short video and of course I had to show another awesome feature on the Brother Dreamweaver XE VM6200D, the multi function foot controller.  This special foot allows you to use your feet to backstitch,  cut the thread, put the needle down, etc. and then you can keep your hands on the fabrics while sewing!  Wait until you see this one!  Anyway, enjoy ruching your tee’s and keep sending me photo’s, I love it 🙂   xoxo Angela

Brother™ has provided me with the DreamWeaver XE, but all opinions expressed are entirely my own.