Ruffles – From High Street to Handmade

L-R: Urban Outfitters Prairie Crop, Zara Tulle Top, Asos Embroidered Bardot Top

It seems everywhere you look at the moment, one thing is for sure: ruffles are firmly back in business. Gone are the days they were exclusively for gaudy bedspreads and your grandparents curtains, ruffles are adorning garments up and down the high street in new and inventive ways.

Above, we can see Urban Outfitters opting for ruffles on the collar, cuffs and decoratively around the shoulders in a striped gold cotton. Similarly the Zara blouse has also opted for collar and cuffs, but added a contemporary twist with the abstract arrangement across the chest, and by using polka dot Tulle for a transparent, futuristic feel. Lastly we see another variation on a theme in Asos’ offering, the ruffles themselves being the primary component of the garment as opposed to serving as decoration, with colourful floral embroidery adorning the front, giving the top a feminine vintage feel.

But ruffles aren’t just limited to tops! We’re seeing more and more experimental ways of wearing ruffles, a few of which we’ve listed below with some suggested patterns to re-create these looks at home:

We’re loving these ASOS tiered ruffle trousers right now, which could easily be recreated using McCall’s M7690.

This lovely ruffled and tiered Topshop number is almost bang on for New Look 6507! Partner view B with an extra panel and a belt and you’ve got it.


If skirts are more your thing, this beautiful Urban Outfitters midi skirt with dramatic ruffle flounce could easily be replicated with this Stof & Stil pattern. In fact, check out one of our customers doing just that in our blog post here. 

Or if you prefer going for an indie pattern, we’re loving the Wildergown from Friday Pattern Company, a beautiful full length tiered dress making great use of ruffling!

In terms of fabric, whilst being very versatile ruffles hang best with medium to lightweight fabrics such as cotton, cotton lawn, silk, satin, viscose and lightweight linen. Here at Ditto Fabrics we recommend these beautiful 50% cotton 50% silk blends, in a 1970’s tangerine floral print, and a light grey wildflower design. These are great for draping and hang beautifully, as well as having a slightly pearlescent sheen.

We also have plenty of other lightweight fabrics in stock which would work beautifully with these patterns, so keep an eye on our Instagram for the lasts updates and new arrivals!

Have you made up a garment with ruffles? We’d love to see! Send us over an email at [email protected]