Reintroducing the Maya Ruffle Dress & Top, a generous fitting trans-seasonal piece that produces little waste with super fun and frilly results! Originally the Rectangle Ruffle Top, this DIY is named after my little sister Amaya.
The Maya Ruffle Dress & Top was designed during a hot and sticky summer living in Tokyo, when I wanted something floaty and fun to wear. It is made up entirely of rectangles which means it produces very little waste and can be easily altered to fit a number of sizes. It features a scooped bound neckline, dropped ruffle sleeves and skirt panels gathered onto the bodice under the bust.
How to make a Maya Ruffle Dress or Top:
You will need:
- Woven fabric (non stretchy fabric)
- Bias binding
- Matching thread
- Sewing machine
- Sewing scissors
- Measuring tape
- Sewing chalk or a pencil
- Iron and ironing board
To determine how much fabric you will need, I suggest drawing up a little diagram like this, writing your measurements and then adding up the heights. This is the layout I use when cutting out my rectangles from a length of fabric. I’ve also listed the rectangle measurements I have used for the Maya tops and dresses I have made. (width x height)
To find the width of my top rectangles I measure from shoulder to shoulder and add 15cm + 1cm for seam allowance on each side.
To find the width of my skirt rectangles I double the width of my top rectangles + 1cm for seam allowance on each side.
To measure the length of my skirt I measure from just under my bust to where Id like my dress or top to finish + 1cm for seam allowance.
Maya Ruffle Dress:
Size 8: Top – 52cm x 38cm, Sleeve – 136cm x 24cm, Skirt – 104cm x 100cm, Fabric Used – 2.86cm (136cm wide)
Size 12: Top – 62cm x 42cm, Sleeve – 136cm x 24cm, Skirt – 122cm x 100cm, Fabric Used – 2.90cm (136cm wide)
Maya Ruffle Top:
Size 8: Top – 52cm x 38cm, Sleeve – 136cm x 24cm, Peplum – 104cm x 22cm, Fabric Used – 1.26cm (136cm wide)
Size 12: Top – 62cm x 42cm, Sleeve – 136cm x 24cm, Peplum – 122cm x 22cm, Fabric Used – 1.30cm (136cm wide)
Size 16: Top – 68cm x 44cm, Sleeve – 136cm x 24cm, Peplum – 136cm x 24cm, Fabric Used – 1.40cm (136cm wide)
- Watch the process of making a Maya Ruffle Dress in this Tiktok video before starting.
- Cut out your rectangles.
- Cut the shape of the neck hole. To do this I fold my top rectangles in half, right sides together and trace the neckline from a top (or pattern) that I like the shape of.
- Sew up 1 shoulder seam. I like to french seam my shoulder seams to make them nice and strong.
- Bind the neckline with bias binding.
- French seam the other shoulder seam.
- Gather one edge of the sleeve rectangles. Once gathered they should measure about 48cm long.
- Attach the sleeves by finding the center, lining it up with the shoulder seam. Pin the sleeves on and then sew up with a straight stitch.
- Gather one edge of the skirt/peplum rectangles. Once gathered they should measure the same as the width of the top rectangle. Attach the skirt/peplum rectangles by finding the center, lining it up with the center of the top rectangle. Pin the skirt on and then sew with a straight stitch.
- With right sides together, sew up the side seams of the whole dress.
- Hem the sleeves with a 1cm double fold and the skirt/peplum to your desired length.
- Press all over and snip any loose threads to finish.
These absolutely gorgeous photos were taken by the lovely and talented Ella Fitzgerald. She totally nailed the vision I had for these photos and I cannot recommend her enough. Check out more of her work @ellamayphoto on Instagram.
The fabric I used is a gorgeous Liberty Tana Lawn from The Fabric Store called Thorpe.
If you give this DIY a try, please tag me on instagram and use #mayaruffledress so I can see your creation! Good luck 🙂