Monday, October 17, 2011

Ruffle shirt

You all know I love to copy the great ideas of others. 

I love love love this tutorial from

Tea Rose Home to make this:

I started with two white tees I didn't like - not the same but close enough. 

One was too short after being washed a few times and the other was too thin/clingy.

I took the short one and cut it into strips . Then I ruffled each one and laid them out in rows.  They aren't all exactly the same length and I wanted it that way.  I didn't want it too neat or perfect and I wasn't going for a tuxedo look.

Sew each ruffle on, overlapping slightly so the top edges are hidden. The best part of using old tees is that knit fabric doesn't fray, so all the edges can be left raw. 

I went all the way down the front of mine (in the example she goes about halfway down the bodice).  Nice coverage on the tummy.

I am so very happy about how it turned out!  Now I want to scour clearance racks for pairs of matching tees to see what else I can make!  

Here is a cell phone pic before leaving for a hot date with hubby.  I love it with the blue cardigan even more.

Cost: $0.  Don't throw that weird tee away.  See what you can do with what you already have!

The Girl Creative


  1. I am so jealous of your mad sewing skills!

  2. I also did that same tutorial, haha. I love how yours turned out. I did mine with a hot pink shirt I found 2 at Old Navy for $0.97. So i figured if I messed up I was out only a few dollars. I made Paige one with a red shirt and white isn't my favorite, but she loves it. I think it looks like a flag or something now. If I make it again I will always use the same color of shirts, the contrasting colors aren't my favorite.

  3. That is so awesome. You've almost convinced me to try it. But I don't sew. So I think I'll save my shirts and see if my sister will do it for me! I'm jealous of your thrifty craftiness.

  4. adorable post and i love the scripture on your header!

    found you and this lovely post via thegirlcreative and would love to have you visit the great giveaway i have at the moment!



  5. I like it, will it work with singlets? maybe an old Iowa State one with a PSU?

  6. I love it!!! And I love how you honestly mention where you got your idea from. Anyways, beautiful project!!!
    Patty from

    I'm a new follower :)


Thanks for sharing your thoughts!