Ruffles Ruffles Everywhere!


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I had the opportunity to test The Perfect Cartwheel Shorts by Ruby & Jack. Are they not the cutest, ruffliest shorts you’ve ever seen?! As always with pattern test, the final version may vary slightly from my photos.

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You can find the pattern here, on sale now until the end of the Aspiring Designer’s Challenge (May 29) for $5 to celebrate the launch. The size range is 18 months to size 8. Kelly as classified the pattern as an Intermediate pattern, so keep that in mind. You are working with knits and lots of ruffles!

Although time consuming, the ruffles really aren’t hard to make at all. If you are on Instagram, follow me @lauramichellemanning. I posted a little video on how I ruffled all those strips of fabric, here. I set my tension to the highest (9 for my machine). Stitch length to the longest (5 for my machine). Hold a little thread loosely down from the spool, before it goes into the machine. I don’t even hold it. I just let it run under my finger. I haven heard the the further down you hold it (the more you pull off the spool) the tighter your ruffles will be. I haven’t experimented with that yet though. Back stitch at the beginning but not at the end. Leave those threads long just in case you need to do any pulling and adjusting. Simple. And it makes adorable ruffles.

You can also enter to win a copy of the pattern on Ruby & Jack’s blog, or on Pattern Revolution’s blog. The giveaway ends in 1 days and 8 hours at the time of this post, so hurry and go enter.  And make sure to go give Ruby & Jack a like on Facebook.


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About manningthemachine

I'm Laura. Mama to four, and wife to one awesome guy. I'm ever so slightly sarcastic. Just a little bit. I like to quote movies, but since our house is managed by little people, most of those quotes come from kiddie shows. At least my husband generally gets the references. It makes me feel less awkward. I took sewing lessons starting at the age of 8, through the Kids Can Sew program. I took lessons for four or five years. Then I became a snotty teen and decided sewing was lame. I've repented of my ways, and enjoy sewing for my little ones. And sometimes other people. And almost never for myself. Oh hey. My blog name. "Manning The Machine." I think it's probably only funny if you know me in real life. And even then, maybe it is only funny to me. My last name is Manning. This is a blog about my sewing. Manning The (Sewing) Machine. Do you get it? Do you? No. That's fine. I think it's funny even if you don't.
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