How To Make A Cute Ruched Mini Skirt Using a Modified Pattern
In this tutorial, I'm going to be showing you how to make a ruched skirt using a ruched mini skirt pattern. It's actually the same pattern I used to make my ruched mini dress, but I modified the pattern to make it a mini skirt.
This is a super-easy sewing tutorial and I hope you enjoy it. Let's get started!
Tools And Materials
- Ruched dress sewing pattern
- Jersey fabric
The pattern is available in six different sizes, sizes 32-42.
1. Modify the pattern
Since I tweaked the pattern for this mini skirt, you can do that yourself by lining the front and back parts together at the bottom, focusing on the waistline.
I estimated how high or low I wanted the skirt waistline to be and then, I added 4cm (1.5inches) of allowance to it. These 4cm (1.5 inches) are going to serve as cover for the elastic waistband.
When I was sure I had the desired length, I cut the pattern length.
Now, my pattern was in three main pieces; the front, the back, and the strings for the drawstrings later on.
2. Sew the mini skirt
Now on to sewing. I pinned down the hems, making use of the 2cm (0.8 inches) allowance for folding. I sewed both the front and back pieces separately with folded hems.
After folding, I lay the front and back pieces on top of one another, right sides facing. Then, I pinned and sewed the side seams.
3. Create the drawstring channels
Next, I opened the seam allowance flat on both side seams of the skirt to create channels for the drawstrings. I sewed the channels at the edge of the seams.
4. Make & insert the drawstrings
Moving on to the drawstrings, I folded the strips right sides together and sewed using a zigzag stitch.
After I was done sewing, I turned the fabric over using a loop turner.
Next, I inserted the drawstrings into the skirt's drawstring channels.
At about 8cm (3 inches) from the upper edge of the fabric, I stopped inserting the drawstrings and held them down with pins.
Next, I sewed across to stop the drawstring from pulling out.
5. Make the waistband for the skirt
Lastly, I took my 4cm-wide (1.5 inches) elastic band and laid it on the pattern to know what length I would need.
Remember that there should be 2cm (0.8 inches) of seam allowance on each side and the elastic band should only have a 1cm (0.4 inches) seam allowance.
Then, I cut the length of the elastic band I needed out.
Next, I sewed the edges of the elastic band together.
Then, I pinned it to the edge fo the skirt.
I sewed both edges together using a zigzag stitch. Don't forget to hide the blade if you're using an overlocker so as not to damage the elastic.
Next, I folded the upper part of the skirt with the elastic inward and immobilized the elastic by sewing it down on both sides.
How to make a ruched skirt
That's it! This DIY ruched mini skirt is really easy to make. I had fun making this and I hope you also have fun making yours.
It's like the cutest thing ever! What do you think?
Check out my other patterns here if you liked this one!
See you soon!
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