Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tutorial: Rounded Ruffles Top

A while back I pinned this beautiful Anthro shirt. I knew it would be the perfect inspiration when I got around to sewing a shirt.




Of course, like most of my Anthropologie inspirations, I take so long to getting around to sewing it that they don’t carry the top online anymore. I liked how the ruffles fell differently than your typical ruffle top these days, and how it curved down to the side seam. Here’s my version of the top


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It’s a little bright in this picture (I have such a hard time with white!), so here’s a better one when I paired it with a cardigan


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I love the way this top turned out! I used a fabric that’s texture reminds me of crepe paper and it has a little stretch to it (I’ll have to go back and write down what exactly I used). I chose white because Nolan likes the way white looks on me.


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Want to make one for yourself? It’s really a simple style to make!


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I started by using a tank tip I like as my pattern. I just added extra to the sides for seam allowances and made the straps wider. If I had my patterns nicely organized, I would have used my favorite pattern for a sizing and shape guide.


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Cut three long strips of equal width. For my size small shirt my strips were 3” wide. For larger tops, I’d suggest making the strips just a little wider so they’re proportionate to the size of the shirt.


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I sewed a rolled hem along both sides of the long strips.


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Lay out on the shirt front to make sure they’re long enough and figure out the amount of curve you want.


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Pin a strip from the shoulder to under the arm, making a small pleat every few inches. Sew it to your top.


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I then realized I wanted another ruffle to go under the arm, so I cut off the excess from the one I just pinned on, pinned it down the same way and sewed it on.


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Pin the next strip down, making sure you like the spacing between the two. Pin the ruffles that have already been sewn on back, and sew down the next row.


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Repeat again so you have 4 curved rows of ruffles.


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Pin your shirt right sides together and sew along the side seams and shoulders. Make sure you don’t fold the ruffle edges funny while sewing them between the front and back layers.


Follow THIS tutorial for finishing off your neck line, arm holes and hem. Try on your shirt and enjoy!


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Something I learned in this process: this type of fabric stretches as you sew it. So my arm holes ended up being large enough to fit my head through. The same thing happened with the neck line, most noticeably in the back. So I simply sewed the seam in like a dart in the back and along the sides.


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I love how this shirt turned out and I’m so excited to see what all I can pair it with for the rest of the year.


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Depending on how nap time goes tomorrow, I’m hoping to have another shirt to show you!


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Thanks for stopping by!


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  1. Now this is too adorable! I love the simplicity of it all! You did a fabulous job--and how super cute are you??

    By the way, I am hosting my first link party, and would love to have you link this up to it--


  2. I loved this even before you linked it up. YOu are an amazing seamstress and model! Hot Momma! I highlighted this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com.

  3. I love your shirt and it looks amazing on you! Thanks for the tutorial.


  4. Your new white blouse is so pretty. YOu did a fabulous job! and it looks great on you. Happy Sewing!

  5. Great job! So pretty on you!

  6. Very cute. Love that they are offset. Congrats on the Shabby Apple dress design as well!

  7. super cute!!!! i love a ruffle and this tutorial is great!


  8. I love this top! It is co cute and your tutorial made it look so easy!

    I would love if you would come share with my week long link party at The Crafty Blog Stalker! http://thecraftyblogstalker.blogspot.com/2011/08/blog-stalking-thursday-4.html

  9. Looks beautiful! I love Anthro's shirts!

  10. Oooohhhh,Ilove it!

  11. That is super duper cute!!!! great job! I am so lovin all the ruffles on things these days. so girly and fun :)

  12. Do you know what kind of fabric this is?


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