DIY Off the Shoulder Ruffle Dress

off the shoulder dress DIY
Off the Shoulder Dress DIY
Off the Shoulder Dress DIY
Off the Shoulder Dress DIY

Say hello to the dress I've had on high repeat for the past couple of weeks. I'm in love with all the off the shoulder looks this season, and when I came across this tutorial for an off the shoulder ruffle dress on Megan Nielsen, I knew I had to give it a go.

You can head over there for the full tutorial, but I did make a couple of changes worth noting.

I already had this gorgeous silk blend coral fabric, but it was a tad shear, so I made two of the bottom portion of the dress (one a little shorter) and used one as a lining for the dress. It was super easy to attach the two together at the arm holes, and I didn't have to finish the seams, because I sewed them together wrong sides facing. Result- the inside of the dress looks beautifully finished, and nobody is getting any unsolicited glimpses of my undies anytime soon. {wink}

I also loved the rough salvage edge of the fabric, so I used that for the bottom of the dress vs hemming. Then, to coordinate, I ran a basting stitch around the ruffle and frayed the edge.

The last change I made was to reduce the recommended measurement for the bottom of the dress. I'm not sure if it's because I doubled up on the bottom, or if it was the nature of the fabric itself, or simply because I'm pretty petite, but when I used the recommended measurements, the bottom portion of the dress was massive on me. I ended up cutting the bottom pieces down significantly- by about 5 or 6 inches. Just something to keep in mind if you try out this super fun, super chic, super easy DIY!