If you are itching to get sewing again and looking for another refashion project......well I have got something for you! I recently shared this tutorial on the Tatertots and Jello Blog. If you missed it the first time around, here's your chance.
Brassy Ruffle Top
2 matching T-shirts (1 needs to be your size)
optional: rotary cutter, mat and ruler
Step 1: Rounded Neck line - cut out the neck hole
Step 2: Leave the sleeves on or cut them at an angle for cap sleeves (1st photo) or cut them all the way off (2nd photo) for a sleeveless look following the diagrams below
Step 3: Using your scissors, cut up the middle of the top layer of the t-shirt.
Step 4: Fold back and under the neckline so the point is in the middle of your chest or lower if you want a deeper V. Taper from the middle point up each side through the neckline.
Pin into place. Repeat on the opposite side. Sew and trim the excess fabric from the underside. Set aside.
Step 5: Creating the ruffles - Take the 2nd t-shirt and square off the bottom hemline if necessary. Cut three 5" wide strips (1st photo). Cut each piece at the side seams creating 2 separate pieces (2nd photo).
Cut a 1/2" wide strip. Cut at the side seams creating 2 pieces the same length. Gently pull on each end to make the knit roll into a "tube". These will the front ties.
Step 6: Using a basting stitch - sew along the top edge of each strip. Do not backstitch at either end.
Step 7: Gently pulling the thread from the underside of the strip, gather or ruffle each strip.
Step 8: Lay out your t-shirt flat working on one side of the front. Starting at the bottom, place a ruffled strip matching it up with the bottom hemline. Adjust the ruffle to fit between the side seam and the inside cut edge. Pin in place
Step 9: Place 2nd ruffled strip above the 1st and overlap bottom of the ruffle 1/4 - 1/2" to the top of the 1st ruffle. Pin and repeat with the 3rd strip. Follow the same steps to place the ruffled strips on the opposide side.
Step 10: Place 1 end of the 1 of the ties at the inside edge of the top 3rd ruffled strip. Pin.
Step 11: Stitch each ruffled layer into place by using a straight or zig zag stitch and sewing over the gathering thread line.
Step 12: Repeat on the other side. And you are done!!! Dress it up or down - just have fun wearing it!
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