Monday, May 23, 2011

Ruffle Tank Top Re-fashion

Hi to all!! Last weekend Heather and I went on a shopping trip in Salt Lake since there is nothing to do in the small town in which we live. As I was browsing  through some clothing I saw a cute shirt , it looked too easy to make and I just could not bring myself to buy it so I went home and got busy making it for myself.  I took an old long sleeve shirt that I never liked much and made it new!!! And here is how I did it.
What You Need:
1: 1 Long Sleeve T-Shirt. (jersey knit)
2: Iron
3: Pins
4: Sewing Machine
5: Scissors
To begin:

Take the shirt and cut the sleeves off at the seams

Cut the collar off the shirt

Turn the shirt over, back side up, and cut into the sleeves toward the back of the shirt.
 I had a tank top I used as a guide to shape the shirt. You can see below in the pictures how I did it. I also cut the the neck of the shirt a bit lower for a U shape neck line in the front.

Take the sleeves and cut them into long strips about two inches wide.

I ended up with nine strips which was just what I needed to finish the shirt.

Iron the strips,  If you have spray starch use it it will help the strips from rolling up while you are working.

I finished the raw edges of the shirt neck and sleeves by rolling the edges under and sewing them down
You can see how I did it below.

When you are done try on the shirt and see how it lays. My straps were a bit off and I had to shorten one.
When you have the shirt the way you want you can add the ruffles.
Sew together 3 strips, this was what I need to go all the around the collar

To make the ruffle I hand gathered the strips of materiel and pined them into place.
Sew all the way around the collar and remove pins

Next pin one strip of ruffle to the back of the shirt under the collar ruffle.
Note, I feel that I sewed the ruffle (you see here) too close to the top ruffle so when you do it, move the ruffle down half an inch from the ruffle above.  Sew into place and then make your next ruffle. Add ruffles all the way down to were the sleeves end.

Now you are done, enjoy your new old shirt!!!

If you make one please share it on our Flickr group. We love seeing what everyone makes!


  1. I love the ruffles down the back....they are unexpected and DARLING!

  2. Stop it - this is too cute! I absolutely adore it. I'm going to pin it and (hopefully) try it sometime...I think I already have the perfect shirt!

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    MJ @ MD School Mrs

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  4. I really like this. I love ruffles but have no desire to add more volume to my, ummmm, front ;) This is very clever & unexpected.

  5. I really love this . it looks so good!


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