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.

Crochet creations

Remember how I said I was going to crochet some hairnets to find the right design for Eleanor's caul? Well I have been crocheting snoods, varying the sizes, getting distracted by extant boudoir caps, making beanies because it's cold, had a few 'that's not right' moments and I've learnt a lot.

crochet snoods, Juliet caps, bonnet


  • left and top left: blonde snoods - when I choose the yarns for these 2 they looked nearly identical inside their plastic wrap, the results couldn't be more different. 
  • the browns from top to bottom: brunette snoods in plain, pearl beads and gold thread - although the same brown yarn was used for all 3 of them, the addition of pearl beads and gold thread really makes a difference to the look and feel. 
  • bottom: Juliet caps in fine white crochet cotton, the large one on the left has gold thread incorporated and worked the best, next to that is an attempt at a smaller mesh with silver thread and below that a plain cotton with pearl beads but without the metallic thread it doesn't hold it's shape as well as the others. 
  • top right: a hair bun net that I turned into a small reticule, not quite finished until the ends are stitched in and drawstring added. 
  • far right: My early Victorian cap interpretation, I made the pattern up as I went inspired by extant examples. Also not quite finished.

beaded snood

Cap 1850 - 1860 National Trust
ca. 1860 cotton American
 referenced to the Met Museum via Pinterest
however I could not find it in
their on-line collection records


early Victorian cap interpretation
Yes her head is on backwards - thank you for noticing.

failed boudoir cap
Some attempts worked better then others, this thingo was supposed to be a boudoir cap.  I haven't undone yet because it was soo much work and I haven't decided if I should turn it into a giant flower or something. What would you do with it?

Monochromatic beanie for hubby
I also made hubby a beanie.

But deviations aside, I've almost got the mesh design for my interpretation of Eleanor's caul.



Comments

  1. I bet that these would be very popular in school. Girls like different and this would be different. I love the one with the backward head. lol.

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  2. I bet that these would be very popular in school. Girls like different and this would be different. I love the one with the backward head. lol.

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