What Is Ruching: Fabric Gathers Explained

Ruching tutorial on Baudekin Studio

by Elena Tran
June 16, 2020

Don't get intimidated when you hear this new word. Ruching is simply making gathers in the fabric piece before sewing it into a garment. The most common use of this technique is in full skirts or sleeve caps and decorative details on garments.

This is a demonstration of ruching used on a skirt.

Ruching technique explained

Step 1 – Adjust the stitch length on your machine to the longest setting and sew two rows of gathering stitches on the top edge of the skirt: one at the seam line at 5/8” and the other at 3/8” from the edge of the skirt so they are parallel to each other.

Step 2 – Pull up the gathering threads and secure the ends of the threads temporarily by wrapping them multiple times around two pins. Adjust the gathers so they look visually even. Don’t fasten off the gathering threads until you securely stitched the ski





Also in Couture Sewing Blog

Chanel suit in classic white tweed with black trim
Chanel Jacket Challenge: Cutting and Quilting Tips

Just until a few years ago, I never even dreamed of making a Chanel style jacket. I didn’t dare to think that my sewing skills were that good. But after making a few vintage Givenchy and Dior garments, I was inspired. And so, ladies and gentlemen, I am now in the process of making my very first Chanel jacket. To get a touch of courage, I acquired great books about haute couture sewing, and particularly the books about the famous Mademoiselle Chanel. It was important to me to get the spirit of Coco Chanel in my first jacket.

Continue Reading

What is cotton fabric
What Is Cotton Fabric

Cotton fabric is the king of affordable textiles and the beloved child of designers. It feels comfortable in all seasons, easy to sew, and widely available. There is some confusion about which fabric is best, which cotton can be used for shirts, dresses and even face masks. I wanted to dive into this topic and get the answers for you.

Continue Reading

blue shirt hand made
Learn to Sew: Your Questions Answered

In this article, I answer your most popular questions about learning to sew, like what age should you start sewing, can I teach myself to sew, can I learn to sew online, what should I sew as a beginner, can I sew my own clothes, how do I start learning to sew, how long does it take to learn to sew, is sewing an expensive hobby and others.

Continue Reading