How to Restyle a T-Shirt into a Ruffly Cardigancomments (51) February 18th, 2011
Vintage bed jackets are beautiful but harder and harder to find in thrift stores these days. Why not make your own bed jacket-inspired cardigan out of an old T-shirt? Restyling is so timely right now; you get a new, fun piece to wear, it doesn't cost anything, AND you're putting something to use that hasn't seen the light of day for ages. This sweet little number is the perfect cardi to throw on over a dress or tank when the weather warms up, which I'm told will happen again some day!
All you need is a T-shirt that approximately fits (a little big is OK), some scissors, thread, chalk or marking pen, and your sewing machine. Note: You may need a second tee if your shirt isn't very long to get enough fabric for the ruffles.
Here's what to do:
1. Cut your pieces. First, decide the length you want your cardigan to hit you at center back (remember that the ruffle will add a little bit of length, too). Mark a line straight across your shirt at this length. Now, before you cut, measure how much length you have left at the bottom, as this will become your ruffle. You'll need at least four equal strips of ruffle, so if you have anything less than 6 inches (which will yield four 1-1/2-inch strips) at the bottom, you might need a second shirt or some fabric scraps to make your ruffle. You can rip out the hem to give yourself a little extra length, or cut it off if you have enough. Now you can cut on the line, and cut the remainder into four even strips, anywhere from 1-1/2 inches to 3 inches wide, depending on how much you have and how wide you want your ruffle. You'll lose about 1/4 inch to seam allowance.
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