First you will need to head over to Made and purchase Dana's fabulous Made Beach Robe Pattern. It's only $8.00 and is an instant down load PDF. It so worth it!
Once you have pre-read your pattern directions and cut out your fabric you are ready to prepare your ruffle.
Step1: Put all your robe pieces together except the hood.
Step 2: Determine the length of fabric you will need to ruffle by measuring the total distance the ruffle will cover on your robe. Don't forget to add the hood and sleeves.
Once you have an approximate number multiply that by 4. That will be the length of fabric you will need to ruffle. The width is 4". Note: You will have to piece several strips together to get a long enough length.
Step 3: Fold your fabric in half and lightly iron.
Step 4: Add a double gather strip along the raw edge and gather up you fabric. Since we are using such a large piece of fabric I found it was easiest to even out my ruffles and secure them with a baste stitch.
Step 5: Starting with the middle of your ruffle strip, pin the ruffle to the lining of your hood raw edges aligned and baste. Place your outer fabric on top of the hood lining right sides together with the ruffle sandwiched in-between and stitch along the hood rim using 1/2" seam allowance. Your bottom edge will be open still. Flip right side out. Now you will have a finished hood with 2 very long ruffle streamers hanging from each side.
Step 6: Attach hood to robe following Dana's pattern instructions.
Step7: Pin the raw edge of ruffle to the raw edges of robe down the right and left side meeting in the middle back and stitch using 1/2" seam allowance. To attach ruffle ends together you will sew the ends using 1/8" seam allowance then fold unfinished edge into a pleat so it's unseen. Overlock or zig-zag stitch along all raw edges.
Step 8: Repeat same process to add ruffles to sleeves.
Step 9: Finish off by adding bias binding to the seam allowance everywhere on robe except the hood to give it a finished look. If you want to skip this step you can iron seam allowance in and top stitch to give it a more finished look.
Congratulations! You are now the owner of the cutest robe ever!!!!