With the gracious help of Anna, from Mrs. Depew Vintage Pattern, my ruffle thong pattern has been fully digitized! Digitizing is a breeze when Anna does it! :)
I'm really excited about this pattern because it is super easy, quick to sew, and is a great way to use up scraps of fabric since it takes only about 1/2 yard of fabric + a small scrap of cotton jersey, and regular, ol' 1/8" elastic that you can get at any fabric store. This pattern is designed for wovens, so you can use cute quilting cotton prints, woven silks, whatever your heart desires!
First thing's first, you'll need the Pattern, 1/2 yard of woven fabric, 3 yards (or a hank) of skinny elastic, and thread to match. You can also pick up some ribbon for bows, or lace to trim the edges.
Print your PDF File, selecting “none” for page scaling in your Print Options window.
Tile your pattern pieces on a large table, using the Alpha-Numeric Key to help you align the pieces. Trim off the excess margins along dotted lines, and tape your pieces together. You can now either trace out your pattern pieces onto tracing paper, or use the printed pieces for your pattern. ½” Seam Allowance has been added, so do not add seam allowance.
Cut your elastic using the measurement guide provided in the pattern. Double check the length by wrapping it around your waist, and leg (and inseam, where the thong would sit). Pull the elastic snug, but comfortable.
Fold your fabric on a 45 degree angle to the selvedge, this is the "Bias". Place your front and back pieces on the fold, and cut out.
Now it's time to apply your elastic. Take your shorter length of elastic, and pin along the leg opening, ½” to ⅝” away from the finished edge. The elastic is considerably shorter than the leg opening - this will create the ruffle effect. You will want to pin the elastic to the start of your leg opening (on the wrong side), at the end of the leg opening, and in the middle, so that the thong will ruffle evenly the whole way around.
Using a narrow zig-zag stitch, and pulling the elastic evenly as you stitch, sew your elastic onto the wrong side of the thong. As you sew you will see that the elastic gathers the fabric, creating a ruffled effect. Finish both leg openings in this manner.
|The Elastic is much shorter than the length of fabric you are sewing it on to|
Once you have stitch the elastic onto both leg openings, you should have something that looks like this - all scrunchy and ruffled. This is a good time to give it a press with a hot iron.
Now, Stitch ONE SIDE SEAM ONLY, making sure that your finished edges line up, and your elastic stitching line matches up. I sometimes make a small thread tack so that the fabric doesn't shift- works better than pins!
To finish, pearl stitch your waist band (or zigzag, add lace, etc), and sew up your final side seam. Top with a bow, rosette, or leave plain.