A comfortable T-shirt is the wardrobe piece you usually reach for when you are heading out the door to a casual event or just lounging around the house. But you can reinvent an ordinary T-shirt to a more playful, stylish version by simply adding a ruffle to the neckline.
Things You'll Need
- 58-by-7-inch piece of lightweight fabric
- Sharp scissors
- Measuring tape
- Iron and ironing board
- Sewing machine with a universal 90/14 needle
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Use sharp scissors to cut the collar off of the T-shirt.
Measure and cut a 58-by-7-inch piece of lightweight fabric to use for the ruffle.
Fold under 1/4 inch to the wrong side on the long edge of the ruffle fabric and press with a hot iron. Fold over another 1/4 inch and press again.
Use a medium stitch length and a 90/14 universal needle to sew along the folded edge to create a hem for the ruffle.
Fold the ruffle fabric in half widthwise with the right sides together. Pin and sew a seam with a 1/2-inch seam allowance along the short edge.
Change your sewing machine to the longest stitch length.
Sew a basting stitch that is 1/2 inch in along the long raw edge of the ruffle.
Use a marking pen or pins to mark the sides and the center front and back of the ruffle fabric.
Pull on one thread of the basting stitch to gather the ruffle slightly.
Place the ruffle inside the T-shirt with the raw edges together and the right side of the ruffle against the wrong side of the T-shirt. Match the sides of the ruffle to the shoulder seams and pin in place. Match the center fronts and backs of the ruffle and T-shirt and pin in place. Adjust the gathering to fit the rest of the ruffle on the neckline of the T-shirt and pin in place. Sew in place with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Be sure to remove the pins as you sew.
Flip the ruffle to the outside of the T-shirt and press the seam with a hot iron. Top stitch close to the fold to create a more finished look.
Wear your new ruffle T-shirt on both shoulders with jeans for a casual daytime look.
Or wear it off one shoulder with a skirt for an evening look.