DIY ruched dress

Hey everyone! Today I’m back with another super easy DIY! I got really inspired by this dress from the brand, Pepper Mango. I didn’t want to spend $90 on a dress that I’d probably wouldn’t wear anyways. So, I decided to DIY it! I’ve seen a lot of people recreate this styled dress into tops or skirts, so this DIY will work with any of those clothing pieces as well! Let’s get started.

1. Things you’ll need:

– A dress (mine is from Walmart. Any kind of dress will work!)

– Some fabric. Make sure your fabric is somewhat stretchy. This will come in handy when you are making your strings.

– scissors

– a measuring tape or ruler

– a marking utensil

– pins

– a safety pin

– A sewing machine or needle & thread.

2. The first thing I did was measure the length of my dress. Starting from the armpit going down. I did this to see how much fabric I need to cut. You’re going to cut 2 pieces of fabric into rectangle shapes. These rectangles are going to go on the inside of the dress. This is what your strings are going to go through. I made my rectangles 3 inches wide by 27 inches long. If it is too long (longer than your dress) make sure to cut it right above the bottom seam line. I just made mine a little longer because you should always make things longer than they are when you’re sewing. The rectangles do not have to be these measurements specifically. I just wanted to make sure that it was big enough to where my strings would fit through easily.

3. The next thing I did was cut the strings. I basically just cut them as long as the fabric I had. Approximately 60 inches long. You can make your strings real fancy if you want, but I don’t have the patience for that. I just pulled on the strings and that made them roll up. Hence, why you should get fabric that is somewhat stretchy, so it rolls up. (Sorry for the blurry pics)

4. Going back to our rectangles we cut out at first. I’m going to mark the center of them to make it easier to sew and pin onto the dress.

5. This next section will be a bit time consuming, but I promise you, it’s worth it! You’re going to set your rectangles at least a pins length worth (about 1-3 inches) away from the armpit. I just did this to make sewing a bit easier. Match the middle of the marking on your rectangles with the seam line in the dress. Then start pinning the middle, the edge of the left and the right. Pin this all the way down to the bottom of the dress. Again, if the rectangles are longer than your dress, make sure to cut it above the bottom seam line.

6. Once you’re done pinning everything down, you can go ahead and sew 3 straight stitches. I recommend starting with the middle first. Also, make sure your sewing on only THAT layer. I had a lot of issues with sewing on to other layers, which is so frustrating. So make sure to always check to see if your sewing on only that layer!

7. When you were all done sewing, you should have two holes in your rectangles, where you were going to insert your strings.

8. And lastly, take your safety pin and attach it to your string. You were going to feed it through one hole, all the way up. Then going right back down into the other hole. Repeat on the other side. Then pull onto the strings to your desired tightness. Then you’re DONE!

I hope you guys enjoyed this super easy DIY. Please try it out for yourself because it’s so easy. Thank you guys for checking in and see you guys soon! ❤️

– Emily 🤍

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