Monday 7 March 2022

Making: Gathered Sleeveless Babydoll Dress with Vertical Ruffle Details

In this perpetual year of 2020 I open my closet in the morning to get dressed, say hello to all the pretty things hanging there, and grab a lounge set. I was missing sewing though, so this dress I figured was a middle meeting point between comfy home wear and something more put-together.

The dress is a combination of parts of previous makes, so this is more a collection of previous tutorials:

I started by drafting a simple V-neck top - you could use the measurements from this dress for a looser fit with a round neckline, this one for a square neckline, there's also the mini V option... The measurements in the image below got me a slightly closer fit than I normally do (I'm EU36/US4).

I finished the arm holes and the neckline using bias tape - see here for the arm holes & if doing a round neckline. There are a couple of ways to finish a bias bound V neck, here's one of them - I was running very low on matching bias tape so did a seam at the bottom of the V instead of a fold.

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Then I had my ready top:
Next I cut two strips of fabric for the ruffles. Here's how to finish the ruffles and attach to the top. I did a 2X multiplier for my ruffles on this one, and after doing the double folds on the short edges & one long edge, my strips were 5 cm wide. I attached them to the top so they went just slightly over the arm holes at the shoulders.
After gathering my ruffles, pinning them on the top and sewing in place, the only thing left was to add the skirt piece. I cut two simple rectangles, double the width of my top and 60 cm long, sewed the sides together, gathered and attached to the top, then hemmed with a wide double fold. You could also go for an exposed ruffle edge.



  1. Where can I download this pattern?

  2. Absolutely beautiful! Found this on pinterest. I would love to know where you got the fabric if possible. Thank you!

    1. Glad you found something beautiful on Pinterest! Asking about the fabric source shows your interest in recreating or enjoying similar aesthetics.

  3. Thank you! The fabric is from a local shop here in Dubai.

  4. Wishing you a fantastic Birthday Wishes filled with joy, laughter, and unforgettable moments! May your day be as special as you are, and the year ahead bring you everything your heart desires. Enjoy every moment and celebrate to the fullest. Happy birthday!


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