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The Best Ruffle Top Ever

By: Faith Towers from Design Fixation

Take an ordinary top, add chiffon ruffles and suddenly you have The Best Ruffle Top Ever. What makes it the best? This woman's shirt sewing pattern is so quick and easy. Everyone will think you purchased it at a designer shop! When you design and make your own clothes like this pretty ruffle top, you can show off your sewing skills and enjoy a comfy top that's perfect for everyday wear. Follow the video tutorial created by Faith Towers.



The Best Ruffle Top Ever   The Best Ruffle Top Ever


Materials:

  • An existing ribbed tank top in the color of your choice
  • Half a yard of chiffon fabric in a corresponding color
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Measuring tape
  • Sewing machine

The Best Ruffle Top Ever 



Directions:

  1. First, measure the tank top from the neckline down to the hem. Now lay out your chiffon. Cut out 5 semi-circle strips of the same length. Each strip should be 3 inches longer than your tank top measurement. They should be 1-2 inches wide, depending on how large you want your ruffles.
     
  2. Next, pin one strip vertically down the middle of your shirt (you should be pinning the inside of the semi circle). Ensure that you are pinning in a STRAIGHT line. Pinning a semi circle in a straight line will create the ruffle effect that you are looking for. Sew with a quarter inch seam allowance, making sure not to catch the back side of the shirt in your seam.
     
  3. Pin and sew another strip to the right of your first one, overlapping by half an inch. Then pin and sew one to the right of that one. Next, move to the left side of your original middle strip. This time you will place the inside of the semi circle in the opposite direction. This will give a feeling of symmetry to your shirt. Pin and sew the remaining two strips as before.
     
  4. Now its time to trim the ends of your fabric strips. At the top of the shirt, you will be trimming each strip on a curve so that the ruffles gradually get wider. At the bottom of the shirt, cut straight across the strips.
     
  5. Last, iron each strip in the opposite direction so it will lay correctly. Make sure your iron is set to low. Do this for all 5 strips. And that's all there is to it! Your ruffle top is finished.

 

 


 

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The addition of chiffon ruffles to the tank top is an interesting idea. Some clarifying photos would help in understanding the process. I have used a candle flame in the past to quickly singe the edge of cut chiffon to prevent fraying before attaching to a garment. I believe the ruffes do add some character to the plain tank top.

Where us the promised video?

Not my cup of tea, but but an interesting idea

Need some pictures of cutting the chiffon. And that chiffon will fray badly if not finished on the edges.

I can make sense of these instructions. I need some pictures. I was worried about fraying edges too! The tutorial seems to be missing. Can't wait to try it once I understand it!

Cute, but won't the chiffon fray if it isn't finished? Or did I miss the step on how to finish it? Where is that video tutorial?

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