Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tutorial Tuesday

Here's how to make the ruffle shirt to match the heart skirt from last week!
Interested in the ruffle heart skirt? You can find it HERE.

First, I started with the pattern for this project.
I cut out the front 1 1/2" from the fold to make room for 6 front pleats:

I also cut the neck about 1/2" higher so I could trim it cleanly after I made the pleats.
I cut out the back yoke pieces not on the fold, cutting 2 and adding 2" on the center edges:
and then cut out the lower back 1 1/2" from the fold to make back pleats for ease:
I also cut one strip of 1 3/4" wide on the bias (not shown) to make bias tape, a piece of white 2" wide by about 6" long (for the fake front button placket), and ruffle pieces about 15 1/2" by 3 1/2" with the ends tapered for the last few inches:
Next, I marked my pleats. I marked center, then 3/4", 1 1/4", 1 3/4", 2 1/4" 2 3/4", and 3 1/4" from center on both sides and extending 5" down the front. Then met up the marks on both sides of center and pinned them:
Then I took my fake button placket to the ironing board and ironed the sides and bottom in 1/2":
ironed in the bottom corners:

and then ironed the bottom up to make a nice edge:
Centered this on the front with the bottom 5" down, stitched it on, and stitched down the pleats:

then folded the shirt front in half and trimmed the neckline using the pattern:

I turned the center edges of the back yoke under 1/2" then 1" and ironed them:

and pinned the opening together, overlapping 1":
I marked where I wanted the back pleats, 1 1/2" and 3" from the arm edge on both sides:
pinned them:
and sewed the back yoke to the lower back piece, finishing the seam and topstitching it:
Then sewed the shoulder seams:
I ironed the ruffle pieces in half and ran a gathering stitch 1/4" and 1/8" from the cut edge:
Gathered them up, pinned them to the armholes ending about 3 1/2" from the shoulder seams on both sides, then basted them on:
I used some single fold bias tape to finish the armholes by lining up the edges and sewing 1/4" in:
then ironed it to the inside and stitched it down, covering all the raw edges:
After both sides were done, I sewed up the side seams:

and then finished the neck with the bias tape I made:
I finished the back opening with two buttons and buttonholes:
Finally, I hemmed the bottom and added little heart buttons to the fake front placket.
Ruffle shirt done!
Here's my happy-to-model-if-it-means-I-can-go-outside Leah! :)
With her favorite chicken!
Close-up of back

Close-up of front
My happy girl! :)

Let me know if you have any questions!

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  1. Absolutely adorable!! Another pattern I can't wait to try. You make it look so easy. Thank you for taking the time to explain the steps to the rest of us. I'm sure that takes a lot of time to put together!

  2. Very cute. Thanks for the tutorial - I absolutely love the heart buttons too!


  3. Really, really cute! I love the way you did the back with the yokes and buttons, too! So smart!

  4. Hi, Misty! I'm admiring all your creative posts here so can you please share them with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

  5. This shirt is so cute! Love the pleats and little heart buttons. And the skirt is so original!

  6. It is really lovely, I like it very much and I 'll like to thank you for the tutorial !


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