Monday, September 20, 2010

Ruffle Shirt {Tutorial}

J and I both had a t-shirt that we received for free for volunteering with our community cleanup project a couple weeks ago.  We were not going to wear these shirts again as the logo was HUGE and on the front of the shirt.  Instead of letting the shirts go to waste, I decided I could use the BACKS of the shirts to make a new shirt:

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Here is what I did:: Take the two shirts:
Cut the front and sleeves (along with any seams) off the back of the shirt.  Do this to both shirts.
Draw the neckline on half the shirt of ONE of the pieces of fabric.
Fold it in half and cut along the line you drew.  This will create a symmetrical neckline.
Pin the pieces of fabric to one another, inside out. *I found that if you sew the top of the sleeves to create a 'smock', you can pine it to your body shape for a more fitted and precise look.Sew the two pieces of fabric together.
I put the shirt on before going any further, just to be sure it fit the way I wanted.
Hem the arm holes and the neckline.  *I didn't need to hem the bottom because I kept the length on the shirt therefore, I kept the original hem
I cut off some fabric from the front of the shirt into strips.
I used a gather stitch to create a ruffle and attached it to the neckline. 
I added a few rosettes to the left shoulder, just for a little extra something. VOILA! All finished!
This was a fairly simple project and it was fun!  I am happy with the shape of it - especially since I pretty much had to build the entire shirt.  =)


Christina said...

It looks great Ash!

Amber said...

Wow - seriously - wow! :)

Tutti said...

You seriously knock my sock off Ash!! This little shirt looks fabulous on you!! And to think it came from 2 shirts with big-ugly-logos on them... crazy!

Ms. Emmy N said...

How cute! You are so crafty! I would have never thought of doing something like that with a T-shirt! Thanks for sharing the steps!

PS Really appreciate the Bengals support! Thanks, girl!

Unknown said...

Darling Shirt, and great color too. WELL DONE! jEN

Faith said...

you amaze me! that is so great! i never ever would have thought that you could turn ugly shirts into hot stuff!

Anonymous said...

I can't believe you made that from a t-shirt! Looks amazing!