There is a new version of this tutorial HERE.


first you need a yoke or a waistband. for a yoke, measure your low waist and hips and cut a front and back piece like this.

for ruffles or pleats, you need on long rectangle. you might need to sew several pieces of fabric together to get a good length. i recommend your length be at least 3 times as long as your desired end measurement.


EXAMPLE: if your hip measurement on the yoke is 40", your ruffle/pleat rectangle should be around 120" long.


once you've got one long rectangle, fold it in half and sew up the sides. hem the bottom edge.

feeling a little lost? check out the sewing basics or post a question in the forum.

there are several techniqes for making ruffles, and i'm only going to explain a few of them.

A. get a ruffle foot attachment for you sewing machine, and it will do all of the work for you. ;)


B.cut a piece of thread a few inches longer than your hip measurement. knot the end of the thread. thread the needle and sew along the top edge of the ruffle fabric (in the seam allowance).

you can be a little messy with you sewing. continue basting until you get back to your starting point. your fabric should be all bunched up now. even the bunches out until the fabric is evenly ruffled. pin and sew to your yoke or waistband.

C. divid the waistband or yoke into 4 quadrants (middle front, both sides, and middle back) and mark each point with a pin. do the same with your ruffle fabric and match the pins on each piece. sew the ruffle fabric to the yoke, bunching up the extra fabric between each pin as you sew.
TIP: when sewing your ruffle to the yoke, dress, or whatever, you can pin and sew the right sides together, or you can hem the top of the ruffle (before ruffling it), and pin the ruffle on top of the yoke.

pleats are similar to ruffles, but instead of bunching the fabric, you fold and press it. you can carefully measure the pleats (recommended), or you can kind of eyeball it.

make a fold, pin it in place,and press with an iron. if you want, you can also sew each pleat down.

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