Ruffler Foot Made Sew Easy It's Hands Free!

If you've ever used a ruffler foot you will know you need to guide your fabric carefully.

I've been making a Victorian Gown. That means lots of ruffley goodness. I have about 150 meters of ribbon I'm using on this project most of which I've been pleating using my sewing machines ruffler foot. 
Carefully guiding that much yardage through would drive me insane!

I needed a way to make it easy and fast without needing a lot of concentration.

I needed to automate guiding that ribbon through.

It's so easy and simple and effective I can't believe I didn't think of this earlier.

Tampico Bustle

You may have noticed two missing dimensions in my previous post, waist and length.  I did some guess work on ruffle lengths, referenced some other bustle pads and used my own waist as a bit of a guesstimate, but a bit more bustle research showed up this image of the 1886 Tampico bustle on Pinterest. I haven't found a source for the image yet.
Tampico Daisy Bustle 1886


A bit more searching and I found a reference to the Tampico bustle in the 'Strawbridge & Clothier's quarterly 1882' (which turns out to be an absolute wealth of information), and includes a listing for the Tampico bustle with length! Win!

Tampico Bustle from Strawbridge & Clothier's quarterly 1882
No. 50.—Pleated Tampico Bustle
 seven rows of pleating side pieces
 length 12 inches. Price, 90c.

Strawbridge & Clothier's quarterly 1882 lists 7 rows of pleats not 6 like the one at the Met Museum, but I call that close enough to work from, besides 12 inches divides by 6 really nicely.

This pin does not cite references either however I am including it for completeness.

If you have any more information on the Tampico Bustle do share!

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