This is the last step before you can wear your Wren dress!

Sew the Ruffle Side Seams

With the right sides together, sew the ruffle side seams. Finish and press to the back.

Gather the Ruffle

Change your stitch length to the longest possible length. Sew two parallel baste stitch lines. Make sure not to backstitch at the beginning or end of your stitch lines and leave long ends to your threads.

  • The first line is 1/4″ (0.6 cm) away from the fabric edge.
  • The second line is 1/2″ (1.25 cm) away from the fabric edge.

Pull the bobbin threads to gather the skirt fabric to match the width of the bodice.


I suggest that you sew your buttonholes and attach your buttons at this time but you can proceed and sew them at the end as well. Baste the bodice at center front to keep the hem of the placket in place.

Attach Bodice to Hem Ruffle

Turn the bodice inside out. With the right sides together, pin the bodice to the hem ruffle, matching the center front, center back, quarter mark notches and the side seams to keep gathers even. Sew and finish the seam, remove any visible basting stitches and press towards the bodice.

Stitch Hem Guide at 1/4″ (0.6 cm) & Fold Edge Up

Prep the dress hem by stitching a fold guide at 1/4″ (0.6 cm). Press the hem up 1/4″ (0.6 cm), wrong sides together.

Fold Again at 1/4″ (0.6 cm) & Hem

Fold the hem up again at 1/4″ (0.6 cm) and pin in place. Sew from the wrong side, edgestitching the double-folded hem in place. Make sure your bobbin thread matches your main fabric. Press the hem

You’re finished! Give your Wren Dress a final press and give it a twirl!

Wren Sew Along Posts: Getting Started | Staystitching, Sewing Darts & Shoulder Seams | Sew the Facing | Sew the Short Puff Sleeve | Sew the Long Sleeve & Cuff | Hem Blouse, Sew Buttonhole & Attach Buttons | Sew Dress Skirt & Hem

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