HOW TO MAKE… A RUFFLE TEE
T-shirt Jersey fabric (or a similar weight fabric to your T-shirt), 25cm (97/ 8") Strong sewing thread Matching sewing thread The statement ruffle is all over the high street this season, cascading down the front of high necked blouses, adorning dresses, and transforming plain jersey tees into our new fashion obsession.
Follow Christine’s straightforward steps to customise an old top and get in on this easy-to-wear trend.
Measure the length of the area you’ll be placing the ruffle along using a tape measure. We’ve referred to this as measurement A.
Multiply this by two to get the length of jersey fabric you’ll need to make the ruffle – we’ve referred to it as measurement B.
Cut a rectangle of fabric, 16cm (63/ ") x measurement B. Fold the fabric in half along the length with right sides together, then sew along both short ends.
Trim away the seam allowance, then turn the ruffle right side out and press, creating a sharp edge along the folded line and ends.
Set your sewing machine to the longest stitch and, using a strong thread, sew along the length of the ruffle, approximately 0.5cm ( ") in from the raw edge. Make sure you leave roughly 20cm (77/ ") of excess thread at the beginning and end.
Starting at one side of the ruffle, carefully begin pulling one of the long threads to start ruffling the fabric up. Continue gathering until your ruffle is the same length as measurement A. If you’re using a fabric other than jersey, you may need to sew two parallel lines of stitches, then gather both rows to keep the ruffle in place.
Lay your T-shirt on a flat surface. Pin the ruffle in place, with the main body of the ruffle lying upwards towards the neck of the T-shirt.
Carefully tack the ruffle in place. Try and tack 0.5cm ( ") closer to the neckline than the line of gathered stitch, as this helps to stop the ruffle from bunching up when you sew it on.
Using matching thread, sew the ruffle to the T-shirt between the tacked line and the gathered stitch. Remove the pins and the tacking.
Manipulate the T-shirt and ruffle fabric so you can cut away the excess fabric on the raw edges of the ruffle. If possible, try and cut away the gathered stitch, as less bulk at the back means the ruffle will lay flatter at the front.
Flap the ruffle back so it lies flat on the T-shirt and press. Carefully trim the ruffle down to a width you are happy with – trimming away the fold of the fabric also makes the finished ruffle fall nicely.
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