Easily Add a Ruffle Detail!

May 20, 2014 in Tips & Tricks

All my daughter wants to wear these days are dresses…she’s 3 and very opinionated! :) We went through her closet and tried on the dresses for fit because, you know, they grow so crazy fast. Some of the dresses from last year still fit, some too small, and some fit but were just too short. So, instead of buying new dresses, I just added a little ruffle on the bottom of the dresses that were too short!

It’s so easy, you can do it too!

Totally Stitchin': Easily Add a Ruffle Detail

First, raid your fabric stash (upon doing so, I discovered I don’t have a very good fabric stash!) and find something that would coordinate with the dress and that you have about 8″ to 16″ of 45″ or wider fabric.

Totally Stitchin': Easily Add a Ruffle Detail

Then, cut strips according to how much extra length you need (plus 3/4″ to 1″ for seam and hem allowance). I cut 4″ wide strips. Like I said, my daughter is 3, so her dresses are still small and I only needed one 4″ strip (about 30″ long) for the front and one strip (same size) for the back. To determine how long to cut each strip (mine was 30″ long per strip), measure the hem of the dress and double…you may need to cut 2 or 4 strips to get that total for the gather you want for the ruffle.

Totally Stitchin': Easily Add a Ruffle Detail

Sew your 2 strips together (or if you needed 4 strips, sew all of them together). And, create a circle out of your strips. I serged the top and lower edge of my circle of strips with my awesome Baby Lock Evolution serger.

My continuous serged circle…

Totally Stitchin': Easily Add a Ruffle Detail

Hem the lower edge (doesn’t matter which edge unless you have a one-way graphic) and gather the upper edge (link to this tutorial for 3 different ways you can gather).  I honestly just ironed my lower serged edge up and stitched it down (but, you can do a rolled hem by machine or serger too). And, I gathered with my Baby Lock Ruffler Foot.

Totally Stitchin': Easily Add a Ruffle Detail

Totally Stitchin': Easily Add a Ruffle Detail

And, hem is ready to be sewn on!

Totally Stitchin': Easily Add a Ruffle Detail

Pin ruffle. Line up side seams with the dresses side seams and then, I lined up my gather line (on the ruffle) with the hemmed stitchline that is on the dress. Then, I just stitched over the current stitchline, stitching the ruffle to the hem.

Totally Stitchin': Easily Add a Ruffle Detail

And, you’re done! Sew sew easy, and you just renewed a dress that can be worn again! Then, next summer just add another ruffle if she just grows upward again, lol! :)

Totally Stitchin': Easily Add a Ruffle Detail

This dress was a knit dress and I’d probably recommend using a knit with knit (or a lightweight fabric). I used a lightweight canvas and I think it looks alright…I just didn’t really want to go buy something and it was all I had in the fabric stash. :)

Totally Stitchin': Easily Add a Ruffle Detail

Totally Stitchin': Easily Add a Ruffle Detail

Totally Stitchin': Easily Add a Ruffle Detail

Totally Stitchin': Easily Add a Ruffle Detail

2 responses to Easily Add a Ruffle Detail!

  1. I absolutely love what you have done. Having 4 grown and gone kids and 13 grand-kids I cringe at the things my daughter will discard. I try so hard to explain to her such ideas as these. I love to recycle and to take the smiling pride of knowing
    , we got at least another year out of the fast-outgrown clothing. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas!

    • Thank you so much! I do love how they turned out and like you said the pride of knowing we got another year out of a perfectly good dress is awesome…she wore one of them today and looked so cute in it! Totally agree! Thank you for your comment! :)