Ruffle Front Top DIY

by Tasha on May 02 2013


rufflediy1.1This DIY is pretty easy, however posting this to the blog has tested all I know about my computer (which isn’t much). Funny that as a blogger I should be able to master the basics, but when something goes wrong, I am completely helpless and impatient. Anyway, whatever the problem was, it has somehow fixed itself, and I can finally get this online for you.

This DIY came to me while window shopping, which I’ll admit to doing quite a lot of lately. I try to keep out of the apartment as much as possible when weather permits, and as we live close to the town centre, I do enjoy taking my walks in the small, cobbled streets. Window shopping is just a bonus I guess.

rufflediy2For this DIY you will need -

- A top (t-shirt, singlet/vest or otherwise)

- Some cotton voile or similar, very, lightweight fabric (pre-washed and ironed)

- Thread

- Dressmakers pins

- Fabric scissors

- Sewing Machine

rufflediy"First you will want to make a long strip from your light fabric. I opted for a more organic, unfinished look, so I tore my lengths and then ironed them again. The width is up to you, I made mine about 12cm wide. For the length it was a bit of guess work. I ended up sewing a few lengths together to make a really full ruffle. It was just over four times the length of where I wanted to sew it to (to give you an idea). Once that is done, sew a straight stitch 1cm from each edge going down the whole length. This is to stop the unfinished edges fraying too much.

rufflediy4Next I finished the ends of my fabric. I just folded my fabric over twice and used a straight stitch to fasten it.


rufflediy6I was not at all aiming for and perfect finish. So to mark out where I wanted the gathering to run (I opted for central) I just folded my fabric over and used my thumb nail to create a crease to use as a guide. From this guide I sewed my gathering stitches approximately 1cm to either side. To make the gathering stitch you will want to use a very, long, straight stitch. You DO NOT want to back stitch. Leave yourself enough length to tie the threads at the end of each row together. At the other end DO NOT tie them, instead pull the bottom threads to create your ruffle.

rufflediy7After you have gathered your fabric, and made sure that it is the same length as the area you want it to cover, tie the threads you have been pulling. You can now even out the gathering, and pin your ruffle to your top. Here again I chose to place it centrally. I secured the top centre of my ruffle to the neck-line of my top, and the bottom centre to the hem. Then I pinned a few sections in between, being careful not to pin it to the back of the top, and making sure that my ruffle was straight down the centre. Note – if you want this to be exact, then mark your top before you pin the ruffle to it. As I said before I wanted this to look quite rough and thrown together so I just trusted my eye.

rufflediy8I chose to use a lingerie stitch, but a simple zig-zag would do the job. I preferred the lingerie stitch as it creates a more worked/stitched look.

rufflediy9I had initially thought to just stitch down the middle of the ruffle, but in the end, I also sewed just to the inside of both rows of my gathering stitches, as I wanted my ruffle to sit open a bit.

rufflediy10Once you are happy with the way the ruffle looks, you can remove your gathering stitches (you don’t need them anymore). I then pinned the top and bottom corners of my ruffle to the neck-line and hem of my top so that it would sit open and not flop forwards. I did this by hand but machining would work too.

rufflediy11And there you go! You have a ruffle front top! I’m actually unsure about whether I will iron my ruffle flat, but I know once I wash it I will. I think it works both ways. Why don’t you give it a try?

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Kassy on 02/05/2013 Reply

omg this is seriously amazing WELL DONE! Love this, what a wonderful DIY!

Sarah-Lou on 07/05/2013 Reply

I will try, definitely! It's beautiful! ♥_♥

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