How about a sweet little shirt with a ruffle front, for a little girl……..or even a big girl/lady/mom.
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Alright, first I had to decide what shirt I wanted to pattern my new shirt after. I am using a ribbed knit so I found a ribbed knit tank top that my little girl already has and I knew I could cut a new shirt out about the same size, since they both stretched about the same. If you pattern after a different type of fabric, you’ll have to consider that before cutting. (They will probably lay and stretch differently.) So I knew the width of the shirt would be the same as this red tank.
Then I found another shirt of the same size, that had longer sleeves. I just needed to know the shape of the sleeve folded in half. Make sure that the sleeve opening of your main shirt piece, is the same size as the top of the sleeve opening. That will ensure that they fit into each other. Make sense?
Then I pinned the sleeves to the shirt, lining up the center of the sleeve, with the shoulder seam of the shirt. I pinned all along the opening of the sleeve, making sure to ease in the fabric. (It won’t fit exactly perfect, just line it up…pin it….line it up again….and keep pinning.) Sew into place.
…..and then fold it over the kneck line, starting in the back. This isn’t a completely finished look…..but knit doesn’t fray and I really liked the more shabby look. And it would match the shabby look of the front ruffle too.
As you are sewing it in place (if you’re using knit), make sure to pull the strip of fabric and make sure that the shirt’s kneck line isn’t pulled at all as you sew. This will help the kneck keep its shape. Believe me, I didn’t pull the strip very much the first time and I had to pick out the whole thing and try again.
Then I cut out 3 more strips that were about twice as long as I wanted each ruffle to be….and about 3/4 of an inch wide. I made the center strip just a tad longer. Then I pinned them to the shirt, exactly where I wanted each ruffle to start.
And then, I don’t have a picture of it, but I pinned where I wanted each ruffle to end, so that I knew how much I should make it ruffle and where to end, as I was sewing.
And that’s it. I learned a lot from putting a shirt together from scratch…..but most of all, that it was easier than I thought it would be. Seems intimidating but seriously, give it a try. And consider that you aren’t wasting a single thing if you are re-purposing an old shirt of your own.
Go on, gather up some old shirts…..and make something new.