so I got this tshirt for my birthday from the hubs and i love it.
perfect fit, awesome color, cute detail. after wearing it a couple of times I decided that I wanted a white one. sold out. bummer.
i had two choices. 1.
sulk pout (usually my decision) or 2. make my own
i made it today and took a few photos to hopefully help some of you ladies in blogland make your own!
i had a white L.A. Made tshirt that i got for free at market (magic in vegas) this summer and decided to use it...the tshirt scraps i had from my gameday dress making days. so this cute top was totally free for me! i encourage you to just find a cheap fitted tee from target and then a matching tshirt in your closet from your college days.
reduce, reuse, recycle!
and let's be serious...how long do you really need to hang on to that theta formal tshirt? just sayin'
here's what you need
rotary cutter or scissors
fitted t shirt
tshirt scraps or an old tshirt
trusty ol' sewing machine
cut your ruffle strips from your old tshirt. i cut mine 2 inches wide and as long as the tshirt would allow. i only cut two, but ended up cutting another. overall, you should need approximately 80" of the "ruffle strip." this will decrease when you actually ruffle, but you know the drill.
gather/ruffle those strips! thankfully, knit gathers pretty easily so i just i just put my sewing machine on the longest stitch length and went for it. after that, i just pulled a stitch every 3 inches or sew to give a little bit more ruffle.
place the first ruffle piece (there are three) and pin it in place.
(i'm not a big "pinner" but the other two strips i didn't pin and it didn't end up as perfect as the first one haha) it should look something like this...
step 4: stitch in place (you will have to stitch a row at a time)
place zig zag number 2, pin and stitch in place. it should look similar to this...
place zig zag number 3, pin and stitch in place. it will overlap and then go under your first "zig zag"
step 7:clip your excess strings (inside & out). there will be a lot!
step 8:press the ruffles down
admire your work and pair with your oh, sweet joy party skirt! :)(shameless plug)
enjoy! feel free to email me if you have any questions. if you make a jcrew cascade ruffle tee from this tutorial, email it to me...i want to see your work! :)