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Ruffle Hem Hack for the Coquelicot Skirt!

This is a great and easy modification to the Coquelicot skirt pattern for a breezy summer skirt! I love the way the gathered ruffle looks paired with a lightweight fabric such as linen shown here. I would recommend doing this in a lightweight fabric such as linen, cotton voile, rayon crepe or lightweight tencel twill for example.

You can choose to do one ruffle for knee-length, or two ruffles for floor length.

To do you will need to shorten the skirt panels to 1 - 2 inches under the opening at the side seams. measure 15 inches (38cm) from the top of the skirt panel along several points and mark a cut

line on the pattern. Cut it apart and set aside the bottom portion as we will not be needing this.

Construct the Coquelicot skirt as instructed in the pattern instructions up to Step 10 (page 16). Let the skirt hang at least 24 hours then trim the sections that have grown along the bias. Easiest way to do this for this mini version of the skirt is to lay it flat, and fold over the side seams to meet the center front / center back. Trim off the part of the hem that are overlapped. If your backside is larger or fuller than your front, it would be better to try on the skirt and have a friend mark or place pins to level out the skirt. This will prevent the back from being too short.

Finish hem with a zigzag stitch, or overlocker.

To create the ruffle, first determine how long you want your skirt to be. Measure your skirt and add the rest of the length that you would need for your height and preferences, then add a 3cm or 1 1/4 inches to the width of the panels. For the length, you will need to cut out the hem of the Coquelicot skirt x 1.5. If you are adding another ruffle to the first one, then you will multiply the first ruffle measurement by 1.5 as well.

I am 5ft 2 (153cm) so I cut the width of my ruffle to 9.5 inches (24cm).

Zig zag or overlock the raw top edge of the ruffle, then sew 2 lines of basting stitches along the top edge, one at 1/4 inch and another at 1/2 inch from the top edge.

Gather down the ruffle to the length of the Coquelicot hem and then sew the loose ends right sides together, or create french seams.

Pin the top of the ruffle right sides together with the hem of the skirt and sew with a seam allowance of 1.5cm, (5/8 inch).

Add another ruffle or hem the bottom by doing a narrow hem.

If you make this version, Id love to see it! Tag your posts on instagram with #wfcoquelicotskirt and @wildflower__design

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