Monday, January 18, 2010

ruffle collar t-shirt tutorial

Today in Charlotte it was 60 degrees! I celebrated by wearing some spring clothes. I made this shirt yesterday afternoon, it feels fun and spring-y. I am so excited for warmer weather. I know it has been much colder in other places but I was raised in the desert, I can't help being whimpy when it comes to cold weather!


Before: Two (only one pictured) soft aqua t-shirts from Target. Purchased for $2.48 each.

Oops, I forgot to take a picture of the first step Here is a lovely little diagram. Cut one side seam and shoulder of the shirt. Lay it flat. Trim top (shoulder and neckline end) even. Cut 3.5" strips. Note: I am a sucky artist!

Sew strips together and gather top edge.

Pin ruffle to neckline.

Sew all the way around.

Sometimes the raw edge of a ruffle can look nice but I think it looks a little messy here.

To make the shirt have a more finished appearance, fold the neckband over the cut edge and pin.

Sew very close to the edge.

Much better!

And now more of my awkward modeling...



I am linking up to Made it Mondays at The Persimmon Perch, DIY Day @A Soft Place to Land & Just Something I Whipped Up at The Girl Creative

35 comments:

The Cottage Mama said...

Oh, I love this - great job - it's so beautiful!

Valerie said...

This is sooo cute! I have filed it at thecraftersfilebox.com.

Thanks so much for sharing!

Hattie said...

I love it! My husband bought me a sewing machine for Christmas, and I made my first ruffle over the weekend for a pillow. I'd like to try a shirt like yours next. Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

Jennifer@Wheretheheartis said...

Love your t shirt! I also live in Charlotte. Isn't this weather great?

Steph said...

iloveiloveiloveilove.

I'm off to find more tee shirts to hack up. (they're getting to be hard to come by since all of my hand-me-down benefactors have realized that such cuteness could come from a plain tee-- drat!)

Sophie said...

Great job! It's so nice..

Natalie said...

Super cute!! Thanks for sharing.

Thankfully Thrifty said...

It looks so great! Good job!! I love it!

abby @ tales and trials said...

Your ruffle shirt turned out great!! LOVE it.

Jennifer said...

Very cute Erin! I don't want to hear about 60 degree weather!

The Persimmon Perch said...

That is super cute...love the ruffle. Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules

Marcia said...

i. love. it.

Nicole said...

I thought of you yesterday...I tried on several "ruffle" shirts at Gap and Banana Republic...and all were too big under the arms for me...I thought if I could sew like "Sutton Grace" then I could make them work...since they were like 70% off! Maybe learning to sew should be one of my goals for 2010...I absolutely love your stuff and look forward to your posts!

Kim said...

so cute! I love your tutorials.

And, even at 60 degrees you won't catch me in short sleeves. I'm a wimp!

Andi said...

LOVE your earrings!

the Lost Earring said...

Yay! I love seeing your transformations and the finished product is so cute :) Nice work as always!

artisticblend said...

Very nice Erin! That turned out adorable!

theartfulabode said...

love the shirt! I had no idea you lived in Charlotte, NC as well - wasn't the weather great yesterday?! looks like its short lived, though :(

i said...

amazing improvement!!! ;)

i said...

oh yea...i've been looking for your post on no shampoo. can't find it! could you link it for me?? :)

Vintage Dutch Girl said...

LOVE.

But of course, it's one beautiful ruffle, of course I love it :)

i said...

i looked on f.b. and realized you gave me a link...the post was about the homemade soap. thanks.

Barb said...

Well, this is just brilliant. Of course - buy two t-shirts! Then you're not wandering the planet looking for matching fabric. It looks like you left the outside edge of the ruffle raw?

Erin said...

barb- yes, i left the outside edge of the ruffle raw. i was very careful when i cut it to get a smooth cut.

Shorty said...

Great job! Thank you for sharing the tutorial. I can't wait to give it a shot!

Anonymous said...

What does the t shirt look like at the bacK? Does the ruffle go all the way around? Or stop at the shoulders.

Thnx

Erin said...

@anon- I'm sorry. I should have taken a picture of the back. The ruffle goes all the way around.

Anonymous said...

Sorry Erin,

just re-read your tutorial and figured it out myself! :( sorry!

D-lyn said...

How wonderful!
I need to to this too!
Thanks for sharing.

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http://dlynyesterday.blogspot.com/

kirsten said...

this is really great! i have a list now of tshirt + ruffle changes I want to make!

jess said...

Hi again! Here's the shirt I made with your tutorial:

http://theadventuresofroryandjess.blogspot.com/2010/06/post-partum-shirt-refashion.html

Thanks!

Jess

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Alisa said...

I love it! My husband bought me a sewing machine for Christmas, and I made my first ruffle over the weekend for a pillow.

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Strendy said...

Hey Erin, That's a cute t-shirt you have made and thanks for sharing the tutorial. I also know a bit knitting, not as good as you though :P I will give it a shot.
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GrammaCrafty said...

Very cute shirt! Made me start thinking Spring. We have been even getting in the 40's here in Wisconsin. (We consider that warm at this time of year.) LOL

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