Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A Tale of Three Tops: Slubby Ruffle Tank Tutorial

I told you on Sunday about how I made three tops for WAY less than what Banana Republic would have asked for. Remember the tops?
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Yesterday I showed you how I made the Raw Ribbons Top. Today we’ll look at how I made the Slubby Ruffle Tank. First, let’s look at the inspiration once more.
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I like how the ruffles cross the top in a random way, not just straight across. If you look closely, you’ll see that there are triangle shaped gaps with just the shirt showing, no ruffle. I used the same pattern as for the shirt the day before, I just cut it more narrow so this top would be more form fitting.
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Then I cut some long strips in different widths: 3”, 2”, 1”.
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I used my AMAZING ruffle foot and ruffled the strips directly on to the front piece of fabric. If you don’t have a ruffle foot, you can just gather your strips and then pin onto the fabric. I alternated the angle of the strips. I started by doing a tighter ruffle (set to the every 6 stitch setting on the ruffle foot), and the went back and filled in some of the gaps with looser ruffled strips (set to the every 12 stitch setting).
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Then, I serged the front and back pieces together to finish off the shirt. I didn’t do any fancy finish work on the sleeves or hem, just serged with black thread. I liked the raw finish couple with the raw edge on all the ruffles.
And the shirt was done!
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For the cardigan to go with this top, I took an old pink sweater that had shrunk up too much in the length.
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I just cut up the middle of the front and serged the edges. I like how the knit kind of ruffled. It coordinates well with the top.
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Since this top is form fitting, I don’t feel the need to have a belt around the cardigan. I think I love this top even more than the one before! Be sure and stop by tomorrow for the tutorial for the third top in the Tale of Three Tops!

6 comments:

  1. Nice, I just need to learn to sew now lol

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  2. OH!!! I LOVE THIS!! I love all three!!! Once I get a sewing machine I am coming to you!

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  3. Oh wow... Awesome job! Now I wish I had a serger :)

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  4. This is absolutely adorable! And I'm glad you shared your tutorial!
    I hope you come link it up at the Making It party this week!
    Alliemakes.Blogspot.com

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  5. This tutorial (and this shirt specifically) is what made me want to sew. I've tried other patters of yours, but guess which shirt I haven't made yet? haha! Just flipping through your archives and was reminded why I borrowed a sewing machine in the first place! haha!

    ~Kristi

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