Brassy Ruffle Top tutorial

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)
measuring tape
sewing machine
optional: rotary cutter, mat and ruler

Step 1: Rounded Neck line - cut out the neck hole
V-neck - Leave the neck alone

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! 

*If you give this refashion a try strut your stuff and share a photo in the Brassy Apple Flickr Group! *
I will be sharing this project in several linky parties! check them out! :) 

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  1. Megan, This is so cool!! I'm seriously diggin' that necklace you're wearing, too!

  2. ha ha ha thanks!!! I love my accessories ;)

  3. Megan, what a great project! Very cute and creative. I am totally going to do this!

  4. oh wow, what a great little tutorial. I love re-purposing clothes. It makes your closet feel fresh and new, like you just went shopping ;)

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  6. Oh wow, I really like your blog. This tutorial is very cool and I love the jean/paisley pants in the blog header are gorgeous!

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  7. That is such a darling style. You found cute Ts, too. Nice job. Thanks for linking.

  8. That is such a cute top!

  9. That is a gorgeous transformation! Excellent work, and I am officially inspired. I must susbsribe and get in on this t-shirt adaptation action. I've got a box of good ones waiting to be pillaged...

  10. So great! I'm always amazed at what people can do with a couple of shirts, some scissors and a sewing machine.

    Thanks for linking to Messy Monday!!

  11. Oh my goodness! This is the cutest use of t-shirts EVER! So happy to find your blog -gotta Follow. :) Popped over from Cheap Chic

  12. I loved this when I saw it over at Ucreate! Great job! I can't believe you made that from a plain shirt!

  13. very cute. Love the red and black stripes.