Fabric Manipulation - The Ruching Technique

Hi Everyone! This week we'll take a closer look at the ruching technique. This technique adds an amazing amount of visual interest to a design and the best part is, it's very easy to do!

Ruching (pronounced - rooshing) is a French word that means to ruffle, pleat, or gather. It is made by creating two parallel lines of gathering. It can be used horizontally or vertically in a given design. This technique has been used for hundreds of years and continues to be used in many fashion designs today! It is frequently used to accent or define a waistline, add detail to a collar, neckline or bodice; or add dimension to the sleeve. I love this technique because, like pintucks, you can add uniqueness without any additional cost or materials.

In the video posted below, I share with you a few examples and hands-on tutorials of the ruching technique. I've also included some explanation and illustration of what you would need to do to add this to an existing design. I hope this will encourage and inspire you to try something new!



Pattern Overview (designs with ruching detail)


    Week Three Task:

    • Watch the videos and then practice the ruching technique - then pop over to the facebook group and share your work! It would be fun to see this technique used in new and interesting ways. Maybe splice a sleeve and add ruching down the center (like the jacket example at the beginning of the video) - let your creative juices flow!

    Next Tuesday  - Week 4: Working With Fabric Dyes

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