The gathered dress

This version of the DIY Couture gathered dress is made with a beautiful printed silk. It is strapless, has a shaped bodice and a dramatically long hemline sweeping almost to the floor. The original rectangular fabric piece has been cut wide to create a full skirt that allows for movement. Modelling the gathered dress here is sewing blogger Rachel Pinheiro.

You can make the gathered dress yourself by following our simple picture-based instructions.

or visit our shop if you are purchasing from outside the UK.

front cover of DIYcouture's first book, How To Make A Pleated Skirt