Posted by Dory @ Lucky Dorito on Saturday, October 15th, 2011
I found a tutorial via Pinterest on how to take a plain tshirt and turn it into a ruffled thing of beauty! I’ve been in such a slump lately that I figured a little hands-on project would do me some good, both emotionally and creatively.
Now, I promise my instructions below will in NO WAY COMPARE to the lovely tutorial I followed at Tea Rose Home – hers is simply FANTASTIC (as are ALL the tutorials I’ve read through on her blog) but I’m gonna give it a whirl anyway.
After reading her tutorial a few weeks ago, I kept thinking about it in the back of my mind. I didn’t really plan to try it so soon but I was at Walmart one day, getting groceries, when I happened to notice a clearance rack of tshirts. I grabbed two of the same color to use, although I wish I had other color options to choose from but for $3 each, I couldn’t pass them up!
You use one shirt as the actual base shirt and the other one is to cut up to make into ruffles.
Sidenote: When I was a little girl, my granny was on a kick making Raggedy Ann dolls for each of us girls. She also made the clothes for the finished dolls. When I went to visit her for a few weeks in the summer, she sat me down and taught me how to make ruffles in fabric. I’ve always remembered that lesson and it came in handy for this shirt! I’ll try to explain it in a bit…. you’ll definitely need to know how for this shirt.
The first step is to cut off the sleeves and then cut up one side of the shirt, from bottom edge to armhole.
By the way, don’t ask me WHAT is going on with the color in these images… I didn’t have my flash on so the only thing I can figure is as the room got brighter in the morning sunlight, it changed the look of the light. Duh. I was so engrossed in working that I didn’t even notice it until I downloaded the images to my laptop.
Using a ruler, I cut 2 longs strips the width of the shirt 1 1/4 inches wide and then 6 more 2 1/2 inches wide and cut them in half. **I sort of deviated from her tutorial on Tea Rose Home here – she said do make those 6 strips 12 inches long…. I left mine longer because she mentioned that her shirt was an X-small…. and mine is…. well, not. I decided I’d rather leave my strips longer so that my ruffles would be more proportionate to my shirt. **
Next, take each strip and sew 1/4 inch from the edge with BIG stitches – making sure to leave a little excess thread on either end of your strip because you’ll need those to gather your ruffle. You grab hold of one of the thread and hold it tight, while pushing your fabric toward the center of the strip. The fabric will begin to ruffle up as it gathers together. (Sadly, I didn’t take a photo of this step but I have another project I also worked on that I did photograph so here’s what it looks like to ruffle:)
Each of the 2 1/2 strips were gathered until they were approximately 9 inches wide across the top. For the thinner strips, I actually sewed both of them together and made one reallllly long ruffled strip that will go around the collar, leaving a 9 inch space for the first of the wide ruffles.
I sewed the collar ruffle on first and then began adding the wider ruffles down the front of the shirt.