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I don’t have to tell you about my twin affections for j crew and ruffles… perusing their current catalog yields all sorts of darling little girl-y, ruffle-y numbers that’d look fabulous on my nieces. So when a friend gave me a bag of Goodwill-bound tshirts last week, I took it as and a chance to sew some ruffle-y goodness for my niece’s upcoming birthday.
And actually, repurposing a yellow tshirt from the bag of goodies into a Sayla Grace-worthy dress/belt/barrette pile of ruffles was actually pretty easy. Here’s what I did:
1. Gathered my supplies:
-an old tshirt (men’s large)
-some ribbon (1-2 yards)
-a 12m sized dress to use as a tracing template
-a fabric pen
-thread and a sewing machine2. Then I traced the ‘template dress’ onto the tshirt using a fabric pen. I folded the template dress in half, traced it onto the tshirt (also folded in half) and cut everything out folded in half so that everything would be symmetrical.
3. I double folded (and ironed) the armholes for the both the front of the dress and the back of the dress (4 armholes in all). They’re about 4″ long. Then I sewed along each of these edges.4. I double folded and ironed straight across the top (again, for the front and the back). My ‘template dress’ had a neckline, which I ignored for the easier, straight across top. At this point, I ironed in the ribbon ‘sleeves.’
5. I stitched straight across the front, securing the ribbon sleeves in place and creating the neckline. I started with the ‘front’ piece, secured the ribbons in place and stitched the back piece as well. At this point, the two pieces were connected by the ribbon sleeves.
6. Following my tracing lines, I sewed along each side of the dress, making sure that the armhole was cut off at the same place on both sides of the dress.
7. Now that the base of the dress was finished, I began ruffle-ing. Ruffle-ing is fun, but it takes some time. To make a basic ruffle, I used a stack of three circles (cut from the same tshirt I used for the dress) and puckered as I went using a needle and thread. That sounds kind of funny, and it took a little getting used to, but it worked. I stitched these flower ruffles to my ribbon sleeves and across the top of the front neckline using yellow thread.
8. I also stitched three flower ruffles on another piece of ribbon (about a yard long) to make a belt).
9. I stitched another ruffle (using 5 layers of circles instead of just 3) on a barrette to complete the ensemble.
What a terrific way to reuse an old tshirt, right? I’m off to raid my husband’s closet for more supersoft, Goodwill bound tshirts. 🙂***Three cheers for my beautiful model, Annie! Since Sayla Grace doesn’t live in the same town as me, Annie was the perfect tester (and model!) for this dress!