I bought a bathing suit cover-up a few months ago and never really wore it. It was too short and frankly too "blah" for my taste. So I added some ruffles & it made it much more lively.
I kept thinking about adding a bright fabric to it and I finally did it (on a spontaneous whim of course). I sort of haphazardly took pictures, so hopefully you get a vague idea of how to do this yourself (and please feel free to ask me questions). The ruffles here the same style of ruffle I added to my salvation army sweater last January.
First off, I pink my fabric to avoid fraying:
Then I measure my hemline. And I ushually use an EZHem, but I didn't have mine with me. My measuring tape also does the job:
Always using my trusty spray starch:
When I iron:
Do you see how I compensated for my crooked cutting in my measurements? Here's one end of my hemline:
And here's the other:
BIG difference in the width of my fold from one end to the other. But the fabric is an straight 5 inches all of the way across.
Then simply sew your hemline:
Now you're ready to ruffle. Begin folding:
Iron your folds (I usually eyeball this because I don't care if each ruffle is spaced perfectly from the next):
Then sew through the folds, so that your ruffle is somewhat permanent:
Pin it to garment:
And sew again:
Now if "I" can do this, anybody can do this. Give it a try!