4.03.2018

How to Sew Ruffles on Sleeves

how to sew ruffles on sleeves

Lately, I've been obsessed with ruffles. Okay, well I've pretty much always been obsessed with ruffles. I'm a girly girl at heart, so ruffles are a must for my wardrobe. Ruffles are actually a great addition to anyone's wardrobe. They add just the right amount of flair to any outfit, no matter what your style is. :)



If you'd like to add a ruffle or two to your closet, it's really easy to do so. In addition to ruffles, I also love stripes, so I decided to play around with some stripes to refashion this ruffle dress. 

If you'd like to add flounces to your sleeves instead, check out this tutorial.

3.28.2018

How to Sew Flounces on Sleeves (Circle Ruffles)

blush and floral flounce top with floral tree background
Ruffles! I love ruffles because they add a lovely feminine touch to garments. Usually when I sew ruffles, I make them by gathering a strip of fabric like in this tutorial. I decided to do something different and make flounces, or circle ruffles, instead. I love the look of flounces because they flow so elegantly and they're essentially mini circle skirts.

blush top with floral flounces and velvet circle skirt

I started off with this darling blush top with a small shoulder ruffle. For the flounces, I used a gorgeous double brush poly from Sincerely Rylee Fabrics. By creating mini circle skirts for your sleeves, you achieve this gorgeous flounce. I paired my new top with a circle skirt for ultimate twirl and drape. :) 

3.27.2018

How to Hem a Circle Skirt Using a Serger

modest crushed velvet circle skirt

Oh, circle skirts! They're so easy to make since they're essentially only one piece. The most dreaded part of a circle skirt is the hemming. The fabric slips, it's hard to pin a circular shape, and it's never-ending pinning because a circle piece is so large. The first time I hemmed a circle skirt, I used bias binding. The end result was very pretty and clean, but I don't always have coordinating bias binding available. 

There's a quick and easy way to hem a circle skirt using a serger.

3.22.2018

How to Add Sleeves to a Sleeveless Top (or Dress!)


When I first started to refashion garments in my closet, I would add sleeves to my sleeveless tops and dresses. This and lengthening dresses is what I first did when I began to refashion. Even though I've shown the tutorial throughout various posts, I decided to make an "official" tutorial post. 

While I do wear sleeveless tops on occasion, I prefer sleeves, so learning how to make and add sleeves was a must for me!

Sleeves can be sort of tricky to draft, but this is a simple and easy way to make and sew your own sleeves. This isn't an official sleeve pattern drafting tutorial, but rather a method anyone can easily apply and use. While I was in school, I took pattern drafting classes and I realized I did not like pattern drafting at all, lol! To this day, everything that has to do with patterns is my least favorite part of sewing, such as tracing and cutting out patterns. 

I've used this quick and easy method since 2015, and it's worked for all my tops! :)


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