Ruffle Shoulder Sweater Refashion // How to Sew Shoulder Ruffles

sew much love mary ruffle shoulder sweater refashion before and after image

I'm a huge fan of ruffles. They're just so feminine and they can instantly change up the style of any garment. This ruffle shoulder sweater started off as a grey sweater with a weird fit in the sleeve area. The shoulder area got overstretched somehow and the sleeves fit at a weird length between 3/4 sleeve and long sleeve.

I had some leftover grey sweater knit from when I made my Fall 2017 Capsule Collection, and I thought it was the perfect match for this refashion.

This tutorial can be used to add ruffles to any top, sweater, even dress you may have in your closet. 
The possibilities are endless! You don't even have to change the sleeves like I did in this refashion. I only did that because the sleeves didn't fit me.


1. I measured the shoulder, where my new ruffles were going to be sewn on. (The pink dots) 
Then, I placed a marking where the bottom pink dot is at. I did the same thing on the back side.

This was to figure out where I would sew my ruffle piece later on.

sew much love mary ruffle shoulder sweater refashion tutorial image

2. Since the sleeves on this sweater didn't fit well, I cut them off.

ruffle shoulder sweater refashion tutorial cut sleeve off

3. I cut out my new sleeves using the old ones as a guide. (On the fold).  I wanted some cozy long sleeves, so I added length to the new ones. I sewed the sleeves closed, where the pink dots are at.

ruffle shoulder refashion cut new sleeve

4. Next, it was time to cut out the new ruffles. I used two measurements here, and I color coded them to make it easier. (The rectangle was cut on the fold)

Pink Dots: This is the desired length of the ruffle. I made mine 5 1/2" long. They can be either shorter or longer. Ruffles of all sizes look great, in my opinion. :)

Tan Dots: Remember that measurement from Step 1? Well, double that measurement. Mine was 9", so 18". 

(If you're cutting on the fold, like I did, use the measurement from Step 1. Example: my measurement here was 9")

ruffle shoulder sweater refashion ruffle piece tutorial image

5. I cut a curve on the rectangle, as shown below. The piece is still on the fold.

You can round it out more or less, depending on your liking.

grey ruffle piece cut out

6. I opened up my ruffle piece and hemmed it.

new ruffle piece hemmed

7. I sewed a gathering stitch on the top of the ruffle piece.

ruffle piece with gathering stitch

8. Next, it was time to sew on the ruffle piece and the new sleeve. I pinned the ruffle piece first, right sides together. (Meaning the right side of the sweater was facing the right side of the ruffle piece)

I matched up the ruffle piece with the markings I made in Step 1.

grey sweater with ruffle piece pinned to it

Here is a closer look at how I pinned the ruffle piece to the sweater. I sewed a basting stitch to hold it together while I pinned the sleeve next.

close up of grey sweater with ruffle piece pinned to it

10. Then, I pinned the sleeve to the sweater, right sides together. (Meaning the right side of the sleeve was facing the right side of the sweater) Then, I sewed all around the armhole.

At this point, I had already sewn the sleeve shut, as mentioned in Step 3.

New shoulder ruffles!

close up angle of ruffle

flatlay shoulder ruffle grey sweater

Adding shoulder ruffles was an excellent way to upgrade a sweater that I wouldn't have worn, had it not been refashioned. Many variations and ruffle styles can be made, using this tutorial. Your new refashioned tops can feature double ruffles, longer ruffles, shorter ruffles, and more! 

I'd love to see what you create with your ruffles!

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Crushed Velvet Wrap Dress // Christmas Eve

For my last sewing project of 2017, I sewed up the best for last. I received some lovely crushed velvet in sage from Mily Mae Fabrics. I am so in love with everything velvet, especially in lighter pastel colors. Also, it feels and looks exquisite. I will definitely be sewing more projects with velvet this upcoming year.
For the dress I used the Mama Isabel pattern from Made for Mermaids. It was my first time making a wrap style dress, but thankfully the pattern instructions were very clear. The thing I loved about this pattern was the Duster Cardi Hack, so I can wear the Mama Isabel as a dress AND a duster! I love cardigans and kimonos, so this was amazing to hear. Since I am 5'2", I had to shorten the pattern. 

Overall, I loved making this dress. I also can't wait until the weather warms up a bit to style it as a duster. Oh and... MARY CHRISTMAS EVE!


Velvet Headwarmer + Boot Cuffs (Freebie Patterns!)

Two days until Christmas! Can you believe how fast the year went by? 
This has been an awesome year so far. I literally just got back from Lake Tahoe, and it was amazing. My husband and I went for our anniversary. Our trip consisted of a fancy dinner, some souvenir shopping, and sledding, which was all perfect. It was my first time going sledding, and it was awesome! I cannot wait until next time. :)
So, I'm trying to wear all of my holiday apparel before December ends. I feel like the month is too short to show everything off, hehe. :) To coordinate with my Mickey and Minnie Christmas sweater, I made a Slouchy Headwarmer from Patterns for Pirates and some matching Boot Cuffs from Made for Mermaids. They turned out perfect with gorgeous crushed velvet from Mily Mae Fabrics

The Slouchy Headwarmer can actually by worn in 4 different ways; as shown below, as a beanie, as a bun beanie, and as a cowl neck. As for the boot cuffs, I added a couple of inches to the pattern. These were both easy and quick to make. I definitely see myself making more in the future. 

Well, I'm off to finish wrapping the last of my presents! :)


Floral Patch Lace Top with Ruffle Sleeves Refashion

This little lace top with a peter pan collar was one of my absolute favorite tops a couple of years ago. I wore it back in 2014 with my Denim Skirt Lace Refashion. Unfortunately, some of the dye from the top transferred onto the collar and it got put aside in my "to refashion" pile. 

I originally bought these embroidered lace patches for another project, which I will share this upcoming year. I love these patches because they're nice size and they can instantly add a pop of interest to a top, backpack, etc. I had an extra pair and decided it was time to upgrade my once (and currently!) favorite top. 

These patches were also an excellent match to this floral fabric I had in my fabric stash. Honestly, I can't remember where it is from, but it is a super soft double brushed poly. 


1. I pinned the patches where I wanted them to be and I hand sewed them on. Yes, this was quite time consuming, but I had way more control around all the little curves and edges of the patch design. 

I also cut off the collar.

2. Next, it was time to finish off the neckline.

To do this, I cut a piece of fabric 2" (width) and 85% of the length of the neckline (length).

I folded it in half once...

... and folded in the top and bottom, as shown below...

... and folded & pressed that in half again. :)

3. Then it was time to attach the neck binding. I pinned the right side of the neck binding to the wrong side of the lace top. Stretch the binding to fit the neckline. :)

4. After I sewed the seam in step 3, I folded the binding over and pinned to the top of the lace shirt, as shown below.

This is what it looks like completely folded over.

Finished the neck binding!

5. I still felt like this lace top needed a little extra pop, so I added some ruffles on the sleeves.

I measured the sleeve opening, as shown by the pink dots. I doubled this measurement and added about 5-6", plus 1/2" for seam allowance. You can add more inches to this measurement, depending on the amount of desired gathering.

6. I cut out two rectangles (soon to be ruffles), using the measurement from step 5. The width is up to you, depending on how wide you want your ruffles.

7. I sewed a gathering stitch along the top of the rectangle. 
I also folded the rectangle in half, right sides together and sewed it closed. 

8. Once I gathered it, I turned it inside out.

9. Next, the ruffle was pinned to the sleeve, right sides together.

All sewn up and ready!


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