Sew Along Day 4: Racerback Ruffle Dress Variation

 Welcome to Day 4 of the Sew Along!

Need to catch up?
Day 1: Choosing your Size and Fabric
Day 2: Tips for Sewing with Knits
Day 3: Knit Binding Tips

Today we’re doing a fun ruffle variation of the Racerback Dress!

Anne loves a good ruffle!

To make this easy alteration I cut off the bottom 1/3 of the dress. Then I cut a ruffle twice the width of the dress and the length of what I cut off plus 1/2″. My ruffle piece was 58″ wide for a 4t. If you are doing a large side you can cut 2 pieces and join them at the side seams. IMG_8888

I didn’t take assembly photos but it’s pretty easy 🙂 Sew the short ends of the ruffle together into a loop. Then sew a basting stitch 1/4″ from the top edge and gather to match the dress width. Now you can attach the ruffle with right sides together OR you can just overlap the pieces and topstitch (what I did). You can hem the bottom edge or just leave it raw. Easy peasy! IMG_8941

Anne was definitely pleased with it!IMG_8935

5 Responses

  1. I don’t understand the bands and binding numbers on page 6. What do the numbers mean? I plan on making View A with a plain front in size 4T. Page 2 says I need 1/8 yard of binding fabric. I don’t want to get started without all of the fabrics and items I will need.

  2. I do not have a Rio, but I do have the Maui. Can I add a ruffle like that on a Maui? How do I make it look like a dress and not an oversized shirt?

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