How to Restyle Two Tees into One with a Fancy Rufflecomments (2) November 29th, 2008
Take your T-shirt to a new level by adding a ruffle down the front. Ruffles are tricky; they can be feminine or too froufrou for me...it's a fine line. I like this look because it's pretty and slimming—the vertical rows of knit draw the eye away from the bustline (I'm sorry to report that my bustline has taken part in an expansion project without my consent). Anyway, I took two tees out of my summer stash and tried this twist on a standard tee shirt. I really thought they were going to work so well together...unfortuntately, by the time I was done, I realized that I had created something destined for an episode of What Not to Wear or "Where on earth did you find that thing?" I didn't want to give up on the idea, though, so I made up another one using a single color. I'm happy to report that I was pleased with the results! So, as you decide which two tees to use, keep my pink and darker pink choices in mind. Ideally, pick one tee that fits you well (to add the ruffle to) and one that's shrunk or ill fit to chop up to make the ruffle. I'm playing with my Tee pattern, which I constructed from a larger-than-I-can-wear tee (up to the point where you would take the ribbing off the neckline of a ready-to-wear tee). I was dying to try bias fabric in the center front piece, and I suspect that might be part of my problem. While it doesn't work well as a design idea, the bias woven fabric did work with the knit fabric when I was considering construction and fit...another tee, another day!
What you'll need:
- Two T-shirts, either two of the same color or two that go with each other better than my pink ones!
- Thread to match
- Marking pen or chalk
Below are my two tees. The tee on the right is way too big for me, so I used my Tee pattern to cut out a slimmer shape to work with. The tee on the left is made of a lightweight knit that will make nice ruffles. When I was pulling stuff together to make this top, I found some lace pieces that I considered adding to the ruffle...I decided that they were a bit much. (I'll save them for a future project.)
Cut apart the tee that you are going to use to make the ruffles. The sleeves make great ruffles because the shape of most sleeves has a nice variation in width that you can take advantage of when you're making your ruffles.
Cut the sleeve into 5-inch segments.
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
Post your project in the gallery