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.

Instruments For Laying Off The Patterns From The National Garment Cutter

Instruments For Laying Off The Patterns From The National Garment Cutter

National Garment Cutter: system of cutting and fitting

I had promised you all photos of the NGC rulers some time ago and I had every intention of bringing them to you long before now. It was my wish to do so in conjunction with sharing the 'General Instructions' for use of the instruments and some additional thoughts from my own experience in using the system.

National Garment Cutter set-square hinges to pack flat

I shall be brief for now and at the very least have photos for you. The 'General Instructions' may be had freely from the 1884 edition.

National Garment Cutter rules in a various sizes

For those who would wish to start making the patterns themselves directly from the books that are publicly available, work from the assumption that the base measurement is 20 inches and then size up from there as that is the rule which is closest to a 1:1 ratio with a normal rule.

National Garment Cutter curved instrument with proprietors names printed on the end 'Goldsberry, Doran & Nelson'.

National Garment Cutter curved instrument with the title printed on the other side

National Garment Cutter curved instrument with rules, set-square, and curve.

I would like to extend a very special thanks to Kathryn for making this system available so I can share it with you all. In due course it is my intention to make the entirety of the system, in all it's sizes, available for use.


  1. These are amazing. I didn't know they even existed #MySundayPhoto

  2. Fascinating, I thought it was some kind of ancient medical implements!

  3. Beautiful, were these what we used before paper patterns? #MySundayPhoto

    1. Yes, you'd by the instruments and subscribe to the periodical and each season you could make your own paper patterns for the latest fashion using their system.

  4. How amazing, I find this so fascinating

    Thank you for linking up

  5. They look really interesting - and a bit medical looking as well! #mysundayphoto

  6. Wow, that's really interesting to see

  7. Stella! These are stunning! Amazing that they are still in such great shape!

  8. These are amazing.... Is it possible, that you scan the rulers (only No. 35 up to 39) together with regular inch ruler ?
    It is only fr private use. I am not willing to sell these.
    I am looking forward to your reply.
    Greetings from Germany

    1. Hi Janine, it is definitely my intention to make these available to the historical costuming community and the general public at large. Please pass on your email address to me so we can discuss further. Just hit the contact button above. Thanks, Stella.


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