Wednesday, November 14, 2012

R is for Ruffles


I so wish I could roll my r's to say the word rrrrrrruffles.  A feature on ruffles was hands down my choice for the letter 'R'.  I love ruffles and I love how they have evolved throughout fashion history from their glamorous use in the 1930s, to their bohemian turned girl-next-door look of the 40s to the domestic goddess look of the 50s.  Ruffles as a garment feature can be both classy and playful.  In my own style preference which is probably closest to a 1940s 'femininely tailored' look, I love pairing ruffled blouses or collar ruffles with tweed and other woolen suiting fabrics.

Here's some images (via Vintage Pattern Wiki and Etsy.com) showing the use of ruffles throughout the decades in sewing patterns:

1930s

1940s
1950s

My Me-Made Creations with Ruffles:

What about you? Do you like wearing ruffles?  Sewing ruffles?

14 comments:

  1.  Good grief I've been so behind with blogging this year I didn't catch -any- of your ruffled amazingness! You're giving me a new found love of ruffles. This summer I sewed a great casual 40s dress featuring ruffles but I wore it very little, I think because I felt it was a bit too 'much'. But seeing this post is rekindling my love for them!

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  2. Debi, what a very fun post! Love your examples through the decades. You rock!

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  3. I love ruffles but only use them sometimes.  I have a couple of plans for more ruffled items though, one is a gorgeous 50s dress, just searching for the right fabric

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  4. Growing up I despised ruffles but these days I love them and your ruffle creations are all lovely!!!!

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  5. I love how you incorporated ruffles into your projects, esp. the pink blouse. :)

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  6. Being a 30s fan, I love giant bows but ruffles come in a close second. I loved that ruffled dickey the first time you posted it and seeing it again makes me think I may need make myself something similar. Hooray for ruffles!!

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  7. Lovely. Do you know the pattern number of the Butterick blouse pattern in the 1940s collage? 

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  8. North_ern ComfortNovember 14, 2012 3:55 PM

    I find 1930's fashions to be lovely and feminine.

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  9. I do love ruffles and they usually end up on little girl clothes. You have some elegant grown up ruffles here. Love your pink dickey! Off to check out that red tunic a little better!

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  10. Ruffles can be lovely in fabric that's not too stiff and in proportion to the garment.  I recently made a blouse with a front ruffle, but the ruffle was too small and looked girlish.  I think I like the larger ruffles that you've done in your projects.  They lend a femininity and softness to a  more tailored suit.

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  11. That second ruffled gown pattern from the 1930s is gorgeous!  I love the soft, dainty look. 

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  12. Oddly, ruffles are one of those things that I think I love/want, but never really work out for me in the end. I usually end up feeling too girlish. I guess I love them on others, but they don't suit me.

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  13. I just bought a ruffler foot and am about to launch into the world of ruffles. If they don't suit me, they'll suit someone else and then there's always the apron with ruffles that I just love.

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  14. I think I don´t have any ruffles in my wardrobe%) But I think may be one day I will make a blouse with ruffles, this is very feminine, imho.

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