Look stylish in a refashioned shirt with ruffles!
There are so many ways to update old clothes; you can add embroidery, restyle the garment, mix two pieces into one, and with few simple updates you can create new looks. A fun way to update and old shirt from the thrift store is to add some ruffles and create a refashioned ruffle shirt!
Why add ruffles?
- To give an old shirt a new look and feel. Adding ruffles to a shirt can give it a completely new look and feel. This is a great way to update an old shirt that you no longer love, or to give a plain shirt a more interesting and stylish look.
- To make a shirt more unique. Ruffles can help to make a shirt more unique and personal. This is especially true if you use unique fabrics or colors, or if you add ruffles in unexpected places.
- To make a shirt more sustainable. Refashioning an old shirt is a great way to reduce waste and make your wardrobe more sustainable. It also helps to keep clothes out of landfills.
- To express your personal style. Ruffles can be used to express your personal style in a variety of ways. For example, you can use ruffles to create a feminine, romantic look, or a more edgy and fashion-forward look.
- To save money. Refashioning an old shirt is a great way to save money on new clothes. It is also a fun and rewarding DIY project.
Let’s make it!
If you have an old shirt that you are no longer wearing, consider refashioning it with ruffles. It is a great way to give the shirt a new life and to create a unique and stylish piece of clothing.
Brother Sewing machine
A once loved shirt that needs updating
Coordinating fabric – one or more fabric colors and textures
Rotary Cutter and Straight edge
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Plan to add layers of ruffles over the shoulders and down the back of your old shirt. You can also add ruffles down the center front.
Measure the length of the front of your shirt and back to determine how long the ruffles need to be. To make sure your ruffles cover the front and back over the shoulder, you will double the length of that measurement when you cut your fabric.
Cut open the sides of the shirt you.
On the coordinating fabric, measure the length and vary the widths from 2″ – 4″. We will do this because incorporating different widths will add depth to your ruffles.
Use your straight edge and rotary cutter and cut the strips of fabric. Repeat this process to create all your ruffles. Remember, I always say, “more is more and less is a bore.”
On your serger attached the gathering foot and set the width and length according to your machine’s settings. And then, create ruffles from all the fabric strips cut from the coordinating fabric.
Lay the first length of ruffles on top of the shirt starting on the outermost edge of the shirt. Pin the ruffles in place and sew.
Layer another strip of ruffles next to the first, pin them in place and sew them on. You will see your refashioned ruffle shirt start to come alive!
You will repeat this step for all the layers of ruffles. Do one strip at a time and build the ruffles on the shirt.
Place ruffles down the center front. Pin them in place and sew layering the ruffles as you go.
The last ruffle addition with have an exposed “raw edge” so select a decorative stitch from your sewing machine and top stitch the exposed raw edges. This will give your refashioned ruffle shirt a clean, finished look.
With the right sides of the shirt facing each other sew or serge the sides together.
If you are serging the sides together remember to set the Serger back to its original settings.
Turn it right side out and the update to this thrift store shirt is complete. It’s exciting to give a new life to an old garment and make it new to you again!
Jane Clauss is a 2-time Emmy Award winning television host for the Creative Living Show. She is is inventive and creative when it comes to sustainability in fashion, home decor, and tablescaping.
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