How to Make a Bardot Dress With a Cute Off-the-Shoulder Ruffle

7 Materials
3 Hours

Want to learn how to make a Bardot dress? I have an easy DIY off-shoulder dress tutorial for you, and I’m pretty sure you’re going to enjoy it (and the results, too).

So, grab your measuring tape, fabric, and sewing machine, and let’s get this DIY project started!

Tools and materials:

  • Fabric
  • Sewing machine 
  • Marker
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Matching thread
DIY off-shoulder dress pattern

1. Make the DIY off-shoulder dress pattern

Start with a piece of folded fabric measuring 27” x 27”. 

Folding the fabric in half

Next, fold it in half (13” x 27 “). 

Measuring down from the corner

Measure 3” down from the corner with no folds.

Marking the armhole

Then measure 5 inches across from the 3" mark. 

Curving out the rectangle

Draw lines from these marks to create a rectangle, then curve out the corner.

Cutting out the armhole

Cut this out. 

Off-shoulder dress sewing pattern

Open the fabric, as shown above.

Next, cut out a separate piece of fabric 35,5” x 8”. This is for the ruffle

Front pattern with elastic

2. Assemble the front top piece

Place the ruffle on top of the top piece.

Then, measure a 12” piece of elastic; this will go in the middle of the top piece, where the waist will sit.

Sewing the ruffle to the top

Sew the long rectangular piece to the top edge of the top. Make sure it’s evenly centered before doing so. 

Sewing elastic to the waist

Sew the elastic to the top piece, around the same area where your waist is. Draw a line across this area as a guide. Stretch the elastic as you sew. 

Front and back off-shoulder dress sewing pattern

Make a second piece following the same steps above. 

Pinning the sides, ready to sew

3. Sew the sides

Place the front and back pieces right sides together. Pin the short ends of the ruffled section, as well as the side seams from the armholes to the bottom.

Overlocking the pinned sides

Overlock the pinned areas, as well as the bottom of the ruffle.

Sewing the ends of the elastic together

4. Attach elastic

Cut a 31” long thick elastic and sew the ends together, as shown. 

Marking the elastic in quarters

Fold the elastic and mark it in equal quarters with tailor's chalk.

Marking the top in quarters

Fold the top to mark the center front and back with pins.

Aligning the top and the elastic marks

Align the quarter marks on the elastic with the sides, center front, and center back of the top.

Distributing the elastic evenly

This way, the elastic should be distributed evenly and should look even when you stretch it.

Sewing elastic to the top edge

Sew the elastic to the top edge. Stretch it as you sew. 

Folding the elastic inwards and sewing down

Next, fold the elastic inward and sew down, as shown. Again, stretch the elastic as you sew. 

Sewing lace tri to the bottom of the ruffle

5. Attach lace trim

Choose a beautiful lace trim, cut it to the length of the ruffle (35.5"), and sew it along the bottom edge.

Pivoting the needle to secure

When you get to the end, pivot your needle and sew the trim vertically to ensure it secures properly. 

Hemming the DIY off-shoulder dress

6. Hem the DIY off-shoulder dress

Hem the bottom of the dress with a single neat fold. 

Measuring the straps

7. Make the straps

Cut two strips of fabric measuring 1.5 “ x 12.5”.

Sewing the straps

Fold them right sides facing, sew one end closed, then sew along the long raw edge. 

Snipping off the corner

Snip the corner off the sewn end, as shown.

Turning the straps right sides out

Turn the straps right sides out.

Attaching the straps to the dress

8. Attach the straps

For the final step, fold each strap in half and place them where you’d like on the Bardot dress. Then, sew each end to the top secure. 

How to make a Bardot dress

How to make a Bardot dress

Here’s the final look! This tutorial on how to make a Bardot dress is really straightforward, and the results are just beautiful. The off-shoulder dress is flowy and bold and makes for a great outfit for most occasions.

I hope you do this on your next DIY. Let me know how you get on in the comments below.

To see more of my dress sewing tutorials, follow me on TikTok  @tugbaisler.

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