Learn the ins and outs of ruching fabric the easy way! With this simple sewing technique, you can transform your dresses, skirts, and other clothes into looking more elegant and sophisticated! Get inspiration on how to ruche clothing here!
Easy Guide to Ruching Fabric to Transform Your Garments
Ruching Fabric Guide
Ruching clothing is great for creating illusions of curves on its wearer. With a few twists and turns of the fabric in strategic places, it brings out the shape to naturally flatter the body. I just love how simple this technique is, but the result it brings to the clothes is just amazing. Read some of my tips on how to master ruching fabric to bring out the best in your different clothes.
Ruching Fabric Tips for a Ruched Dress – Side Seam
This dress features a ruching at the side seam, which runs from the waistline to its hem. As you gather the fabric of your dress for ruching, the fabric inches up, leaving with you a shorter dress. To avoid this, choose a really long dress to ruche the side seam. This way, you won’t get too surprised with a dress shorter than what you intended.
Tip: Finding the perfect dress length is key!
Ruching Fabric Tips for Ruched Swimwear
A swimsuit with ruching on its sides creates an illusion of curves on anyone’s body. With a good sturdy thread, you can save yourself from the frustration of a thread breaking midway. The neoprene material of your swimsuit will thank you for not ruining it. (Of course, the result compliments your figure nicely! You’re welcome.)
Ruching Tips for a Ruched Coat
The ruching on this coat creates a focal point on the fabric, creating an illusion of shape. Consider a ruching done sloppily on it, moving to and fro. Wouldn’t that look really tacky and ill-made? So when doing ruching fabric, make sure to pull as tightly as you can. This secures your ruffles, preventing it from moving about and around.
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Ruching for an Asymmetrical Ruched Skirt
This skirt looks great with its asymmetrical cut and ruching on its sides. However, if it’s not the look you’re going for, and your ruffles ate the length of your hem, you might end up with a kitschy looking skirt. To prevent your dress from looking tacky, adjust the hem to the right length.
Ruching Tips for a Ruched Bodice
One great use of ruching is in creating fancy wedding gowns. This bodice uses a pin-tuck to guide its sewer in creating a ruching that looks heavenly on the gown. With a few pins and well-distanced ruffles, you can sew ruching into your dress to make it look more formal.
Ruching Tips for Ruched Tops
You can use ruching in shaping simple tops to match your curves. For this top, there is a running ruching starting from the shoulder and the breast. In sewing long sections of ruching such as these, try to break the long sections into smaller segments. This way when your thread breaks, you wouldn’t have to start all over again.
For a more in-depth guide on how to sew a ruched crop top from an old shirt, here’s a tutorial video from Jess Dang:
Learning what is ruching and how to ruche clothing is such a magical skill to learn! You can transform simple dresses into fabulous and elegant-looking clothes with just a thread and a needle! Ruching fabric is simply one of the best and easiest ways to take your clothes to the next level.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on April 10, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.