5.15.2017

"Picnic Blouse" Gingham and Ruffles Refashion

ruffle top blouse refashion upcycle gingham

Have you ever imagined something in your head (like a drawing, painting, or any other project), and had it come out exactly how you imagined it? Well as we creatives know, it doesn't happen all the time. But when it does, it's so exhilarating! This happened to me when making this blouse. When I first got this cute little blouse (5 years ago!), I wore it ALL the time. As time and trends passed by, it got pushed into the back of my closet. 

Lately, I've started to see all sorts of cute ruffle sleeve tops, a trend which I love. Go google "ruffle sleeve tops," you won't be disappointed! And maybe you'll find some inspiration for your own refashion. :) So, I had recently been given this red gingham fabric which reminded me of a summer picnic, hence the name "Picnic Blouse" for this cute and trendy refashion.

ruffle top blouse refashion upcycle gingham before photo

STEPS:


1. I chopped off a part of the bottom.



2. I cut a long strip as shown to make a ruffle for the hem.


3. I stitched a gathering stitch on top of the strip.


4. Then, I attached it to the bottom of the shirt.


5. I did the same thing again to add a second ruffle.


6. Next, I cut off the elastic on the sleeves.


7. I cut two strips, and stitched a gathering stitch on top.


8. Then, I sewed it onto the sleeve, (right sides of fabric touching).


9. After, I hemmed the ends.


10. I wanted a little bow detail on the back, so I cut two strips as shown. About 1 1/2" wide. I sewed them together and then flipped them inside out. I followed this tutorial to flip my straps inside out.


11.  I made a slit on the back and sewed it like a hem as shown below. I added a little pleat at the bottom of the slit.


12. Finally, I sewed on the straps to tie off the bow.



TA DA!

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ruffle top blouse refashion upcycle gingham

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