How To Make A Mini Ruched Dress With Drawstrings

3 materials
$15
2 Hours
Easy

When I came across the mini ruched dress style on pinterest, I was blown away by how cute and at the same time technical the dress was. Technical, because of its adjustable features. The drawstrings make it easy to gather up the bodycon dress into pleats and also pull it into its full size lengthwise. The pleats give the dress a sexy illusion, making you fall in love with it even more.

So, I decided to give this lovely mini dress a chance to get as much attention it can! XD I present to you my Alex bodycon dress! Beautiful to look at, cute enough to wear and most of all, easy to sew. In this tutorial, I’m going to be giving an explicit and step by step description of the sewing process.


You can modify and add drawstring to any bodycon dress you already own or you can get the pattern in my online store here: It's available in sizes 34 to 46.

Tools and materials-





  1. Jersey fabric (medium weight knitted): I made use of a jersey fabric, consisting of 95 percent cotton and 5 percent spandex. It has to be stretchy, so this fabric is the best choice. Such fabric is easy to get in any fabric shop.
  2. Thread
  3. Pins


The Pattern

As shown in the picture below, there are 7 pieces in all; the front, the back and the four pieces of the drawstrings (four strings of fabric - you could also use ribbon or some tape).

how to make a mini ruched dress with drawstrings, Pattern pieces
Pattern pieces

Hems

I started with the hems of the cut out dress pieces. They have 2cm of seam allowances for folding the hems. To fold the hem, you can pin if you like, so the fabric stays in place and then, sew with a zigzag stitch.

how to make a mini ruched dress with drawstrings, Folding the hems
Folding the hems

Shoulder And Side Seams

Next, I laid the front and back pieces on top of one another right sides together, and sewed the shoulders with a straight stitch while respecting 1cm of seam allowance.

how to make a mini ruched dress with drawstrings, Joining first shoulder
Joining first shoulder

Side Seams

Moving on to the side seams, keeping 2cm of seam allowance on both sides, I sewed using a zig-zag stitch because my fabric is a 4-way stretch. If your fabric isn’t stretchy vertically, you can just use a straight stitch to sew when joining the front and back pieces.

how to make a mini ruched dress with drawstrings, Sewing the sides together
Sewing the sides together

Sewing The Drawstring Channels

Opening the side seam allowance which I’m going to be making use of in order to create the drawstring channels, I pinned them open into place.

how to make a mini ruched dress with drawstrings, Pinning to sew drawstring channels
Pinning to sew drawstring channels

I used only a few pins because it was actually all that necessary. So, using the pins here is optional. I sewed along the edges of the sewing allowances until I reached the hem of the dress (still with a zig zag, but again you can use a straight stitch if your fabric is not stretchy vertically).

how to make a mini ruched dress with drawstrings, Sewing the channels
Sewing the channels

This is how it turned out after I sewed the tube closed.

how to make a mini ruched dress with drawstrings, Sewing the channels
Sewing the channels

Working On The Strings

Next, with the four strips of fabric (this is also based on preference, you can use woven tape or ribbon). I folded my strips, sewed them right sides together and then, used a loop turner to turn them inside out.

how to make a mini ruched dress with drawstrings, Sewing the strings
Sewing the strings

This is what the strings looked like after turning it inside out.

how to make a mini ruched dress with drawstrings, Sewing the strings
Sewing the strings

Inserting The Drawstrings

Using the loop turner again, I inserted it through the side channel of the dress and pulled them up to the armhole.

how to make a mini ruched dress with drawstrings, Putting the strings in
Putting the strings in

Pinning The strings down to sew

I pinned them into place and then, sewed the string to the dress.

how to make a mini ruched dress with drawstrings, Securing the strings
Securing the strings

This is a close up of the dress at the armhole after inserting and sewing the strings in the tube.

how to make a mini ruched dress with drawstrings, Securing the strings
Securing the strings

Neck And Armhole Hems

I moved on to the arm and neckhole hems, respecting the 1.3cm wide seam allowance. I folded the wrong sides together and then sewed using a zigzag stitch.

how to make a mini ruched dress with drawstrings, Folding the neck and armhole of the minidress
Folding the neck and armhole of the minidress


how to make a mini ruched dress with drawstrings, Neck and armhole of the mini dress
Neck and armhole of the mini dress

Voila! Here is the final result of the ruched dress. Pretty, isn’t it?

how to make a mini ruched dress with drawstrings, Final result of the dress
Final result of the dress

Looks sexy enough to wear on a dinner date. XD

how to make a mini ruched dress with drawstrings, Final result back view of the ruched dress
Final result, back view of the ruched dress

Easy like I said, right? and also, watching my Youtube video during the step by step process while making yours is a nice trick too! I really hope to see you replicate this.

how to make a mini ruched dress with drawstrings, Side view of the mini dress with drawstrings
Side view of the mini dress with drawstrings


Check out my other patterns here: https://isainstitches.com/collections/all and don’t forget to use the hashtag hashtag "alexdiydress" when you're done with making your own drawstring mini dress and you decide to post on Instagram.

Let me know what you think!

Kiss!

how to make a mini ruched dress with drawstrings, DIY mini ruched dress
DIY mini ruched dress


Suggested materials:

  • Jersey fabric   (Any fabric store)
  • Thread
  • Pins
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