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Ruching is kind of sewing method. Here, small strips or fabric are gathered, following a pattern, to create beautiful petals, scallops or ruffles. In fact, “ruching” is the French word for ruffle. It is commonly used to decorate waistbands, collars, and sleeves. Ruching is a great layering technique that helps to flatter every shape and size. Depending on what part of a bridal gown or bridesmaid dress is pulled into the ruching, it can create a slimmer appearing figure for the wearer.

Ruching is a labor-intensive, time-consuming technique that, like many other art forms, is experiencing resurgence in current fashion trends. One popular, modern day use of the technique is to gather fabric at certain points in the design of a dress or other clothing, which adds visual interest to the piece. It is not uncommon to see ruching in dress sleeves, waistbands, and collars; many modern wedding dresses also include fabric that has been gathered or ruffled using this technique. Just as it was in the 19th century, ruching is still used in evening wear, such as in ball gowns and prom dresses, in addition to everyday clothing.  

Because ruching is the layering of fabric, it often uses almost double the yardage of fabric to create the effect. Dresses with ruching will often be a little heavier depending on the fabric used to create the gown. If you’re looking for a bridal gown or bridesmaid dress that is universally flattering, detailed, and sophisticated, looking for ruching detail would be a great place to start. 

Maggie Sottero Fiorella Bridal Gown features beautiful, figure-flattering ruching throughout its bodice:
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Maggie Sottero Fiorella Bridal Gown

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