|Robe a la Francaise, c.1765|
Kyoto Costume Institute
So yesterday I said how I hate gathering and gathering and gathering to make a ruffle for trim. Well, this was not only because it takes forever, but because I could never figure out why mine were too bunchy and looked like rubbish, no matter how short or long I made the stitches.
But no more! While searching for something (don't remember what) I came across the answer! Whipped gathers!! Thank you Demode Couture!
I came across a post of hers that referred to this exact problem. I am absolutely dancing with delight! Click here to be directed to her page. She also links to a great video about how to do said whipped gathers.
Apparently this style of stitch is what gives 18th century trim its even, yet spaced and neat ruffling. I always thought whipped gathers were only for ruffles on shirts and cuffs etc. Learn something new everyday. Yay!