Faux Wrap Ruffled Top
Clothing with ruffles can make a big fashion statement and it’s never been easier to do so. In addition to the ruffle trims you might see on spools at fabric shops, today you can find stretchy ruffled fabrics by the yard in solid and print knits. No stressing over gathering the ruffles and finishing the edges, just buy it by the yard. You can find ruffled knit fabric online at Fabric.com. I wish I had bought more. There are so many ways I can think to use it.
The directions for my top can be adapted to most “V” neck tee shirt patterns. I adorned mine in an unexpected way with four rows of ruffles aligned diagonally. I also added two horizontal rows at the sleeve cuffs. So feminine, yet easy to do. Fraying isn’t an issue with this knit fabric making detailed edge finishing unnecessary.
step 2 - Four rows of our ruffles measure 4” wide. One inch margins of flat sheer knit separate each ruffle making it easy to cut away rows and still have an allowance to work with. Decide how many rows of ruffles you want to use and cut a length long enough to reach from your right shoulder and end at the left hemline. Cut another length for the left side that reaches from the shoulder and ends about 3” past the shirt’s center crease.
step 11 - Cut a 1 ¼” strip of jersey for a back neck band. It should be the same length as your back neck shirt edge. Fold the jersey in half and sew it to the neck edge with a normal 5/8” seam allowance. Stretch the band slightly as you sew. The resulting band will be ½” wide. Finish the seam with a zigzag or overlock.
step 12 - Sew shoulder seams together with neckband and front neck seam allowances open and laying flat.
step 15 - Complete the shirt according to your pattern instructions.
At Fabric Shop
- sewing notions
- tee shirt pattern
- painters tape
- cream matte jersey
- stay tape
- cream, ruffled, knit fabric