Here is a custom flower top I did for Alex. She chose this beautiful organic black cotton.
Tags: jersey, knit, ruffles, shirt, tank, top
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I need to hold myslef back from making 100 of these. I was even thinking they’d be cute in the winter over a plain white T, under a jacket.
Tags: anthropologie, J. Crew, jersey, knit, refashion, ruffle, shirt, tank, top
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The first thing you need to do is cut the front collar. You need to cut a ‘U’ shape. Measure the distance between your shoulders to figure out how wide you want it and the distance from your shoulder to how low you want the front of the U. You are going to need TWO identical pieces because we’re going to make it double sided for extra weight.
Now you need to sew the straps together, as shown. Take each side, sew it together then turn it right side out and iron flat.
Pin the collar really well…
…the sew it together as shown. DO NOT sew the bottom part of the ‘U’. We’re going to tuck the shirt in there ad then seam it shut. After you sew it, turn it right side out and press with your iron.
Get your pieces and pin as shown. We are going to connect the collar piece and the two straps. Pin them well and then sew together where the shoulder is.
Here’s the one big piece now.
Now for the main part of the shirt. I find that a half a yard, normal width cotton works perfect. It is wide enough and depending on your size you can do more or less of a little gather in the front. Cut the fabric in half and then sew together on each side. (You don’t have to cut it in half, but if you don’t you’ll only have a seam on one of the sides and I think that looks off, so I have a seam on each side.)
Get your collar now and go to the opening at the bottom of the ‘U’. FOld it under slightly at the openings and iron it down.
Pin it so the crease stays better. Do this on both sides of the U so you have a clean hem on each side of the shirt.
Lastly, it’s time to add your hem piece. I stitch along the bottom to create them hem, then add it on to my shirt piece. Then you’re done!!
Here’s how it comes out!!
If you try it remember to add some pics to the flickr pool!
And the bubble dress is the clear winner so I will be starting my tutorial for that tomorrow! Thanks for all the votes!
Tags: anthropologie, cotton, men's shirt, ruffle, shirt, tank, top
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Time for a tutorial!! I’m trying to do some refashioning tutorials so you can just use things you already have laying around and don’t need to go buy fabric! This one is pretty simple and has GREAT turnout! All you need is an old blouse of yours or an old men’s shirt. We’re going to turn it into a tailored tunic with a pleated neckline.
Take your shirt and cut off the sleeves and the neckline. Cut the neckline to your own desire! (Don’t throw away your sleeves!)
With your 2 open sleeves, cut 4 strips that are even in width. We are going to sew them together soon. Here’s what you should have at this point.
Take your 4 sleeves and sew them together to create one long piece. Measure your neckline and make sure you have almost double the length on the ruffle piece.
Now it’s time to attach the ruffles to the neckline. Start with the shoulder and make little pleats, however frequent you want them. Pin each pleat to the shirt.
I attached hem tape to the collar and the arm holes. If you’d prefer not to, you can just leave it with the open stitch and seam your armholes.
This is such an easy project! Here are a couple notes: If you use a men’s shirt, you would have to tailor the shirt down to your size. If you’re using a shirt that already fits you, there’s no resizing necessary. Also, you can do ruffles at the neckline instead of pleats if you’d like.
I’m very new to the tutorials so I would LOVE feedback as to how to make them easy to understand, or any other constructive criticism. This week I’m going to be posting another tutorial for a kids refashioning AND a REALLY easy way to spice up a tank top which doesn’t even require a sewing machine! So stay tuned!!
Tags: men's shirt, shirt, tank, top
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