Annie Get Your Glue Gun: The Ultimate Miu Miu DIY

Claire Beermann teaches us how to DIY Miu Miu’s revered ruffle blouse


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I have expensive taste and a light wallet — the same plight of many girls who work in fashion. So every season, there is at least one runway piece I try to make myself. Last year, it was a baby-blue bustier top with draped sleeves by Balenciaga. The season before I faked a splotched blouse from Céline’s Spring collection. I’ve made a Kenzo mini skirt and a Dries Van Noten pencil skirt with feather embroidery. This season I cast an eye on the blue Prairie style ruffled blouse by Miu Miu. It’s extravagant (Amelia correctly compared it to a sci-fi gecko with a colossal neck brace), which costs $1185.

To be clear, I am not an excellent seamstress. I’m often impatient and inaccurate, but I managed to sew ruffles onto a top. This gives me confidence that you can do it too, which is why I’ve made this step-by-step tutorial. Let’s begin!

What you’ll need:
• A shirt (bought new or stolen from a man near you)
• A folded piece of fabric in a matching color (you can also go wild and make a color-contrasting ruffle). The fabric should be folded lengthways, have a width of 2 x 30 inches [2 x 75 cm] and a length of 20 inches [50 cm]
• Scissors, sewing thread and a needle

Step #1: Prepare the fabric

Cut the fabric into three strips: one strip for the front right ruffle, one for the front left ruffle and one for the back ruffle. All three pieces are 6 inches [15 cm] wide. For the shirt I used, the strip for the left ruffle was 33 inches [84 cm] long, for the right ruffle, 34 inches [87 cm] and for the back ruffle, 46 inches [118 cm].

Step #2: Make the left ruffle

Take the fabric strip for the left ruffle and loosely stitch along its upper long edge. Leave long tails at the beginning and end of your stitch line. Now pull the thread gently from both sides. The fabric strip will begin to gather. Keep pulling the thread tails and work the fabric down until the entire strip is evenly gathered and has the length you need. The finished left ruffle should be as long as the curved line on your left shirt side (marked as a red dotted line in the illustration). For the shirt I made, the left ruffle had a length of 11 inches [28 cm].

Bonus step: In order to fix the ruffle, you should iron it so the frizzles stay in place and the ruffle stays the desired length.

Step #3: Sew the ruffle on the shirt’s left front side

Now place the ruffle right side on right side on the shirt. Its ruffled edge lies on the red dotted line on the shirt. Leave 0.4 inches [1 cm] of the right (lower) short ruffle edge as seam allowance. (In the end, you will seam this open edge). The ruffle’s left (upper) short edge should be placed where the shirt’s shoulder section meets the sleeve. Leave 0.4 inches [1 cm] of seam allowance here as well. Pin the ruffle on the shirt and start sewing. Then turn the ruffle downwards so the seam is hidden. Your first ruffle is finished!

Step #4: Make the right ruffle

The next steps are easy: You simply repeat what you did in step #2. For my shirt, the right ruffle had to have a length of 12.6 inches [32 cm] once it was finished. (The shirt’s right front side is 1 inch wider than the shirt’s left front side because it also includes the button border). Just like in step #3, you place the right ruffle right side on right side along the red dotted line on the shirt. The ruffle’s right short edge must be placed where the shirt’s shoulder section meets the sleeve. Don’t forget the seam allowances like in step #3! Pin the ruffle on the shirt and start sewing, then turn the ruffle downwards. Hurra! (That’s a German expression for excitement.) Your ruffled blouse is taking shape! Isn’t this fun?

Step #5: Make the back ruffle

You’re on the finishing line! To make the ruffle for the shirt’s backside, just repeat what you did in steps #2 and #3. I made a back ruffle with a length of 24.5 inches [62 cm]. Place the ruffle right side on right side along the red dotted line on the shirt. Again, the ruffle’s short edges are placed where the shoulder sections meet the sleeves. Leave 0.4 inch [1 cm] of seam allowance on both short edges. Sew the ruffle on the shirt, then turn it downwards. Almost there!

Step #6: Close the open ruffle hems

To connect the left and right front ruffles with the back ruffle, pin the ruffle’s short open edges above the shoulder section together (this is what you left the seam allowance for on both sides) and sew along the red dotted line. Don’t forget to seam the ruffle’s short edges on the front side as well as the long edges. DONE!

Now post your versions below.

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  • BK

    YES I knew I wasn’t the only one who did this sort of thing. Recently I wanted a pair of those Bliss & Mischief jeans with white roses embroidered on the knees SO BADLY but was scared into hiding by the price tag, so I reminded myself how to embroider and DIYed it. When the money gets tough, the tough get sewing.

    • BK

      This shirt will be my next project btw

    • Catalina

      How do you place it on the pants? I’m a beginner in the embroidery game and I haven’t grasped the concept from getting it off the ring and onto my pants (I wanna make Stella McCartney jeans happen)

      • BK

        Firstly I recommend you leave a generous border when you cut around the embroidered patch, at least a 1/2″ edge of raw material. Then when you want to get it on your jeans, pin it in place. As you pin it, sort of tuck the raw edge underneath the embroidery so it’s all covered up. TRY THE JEANS ON at this point to confirm you like where the patches are, readjust if necessary. Do this now before you start sewing! I then do a really tight, compact little hand stitch all around the edge of the patch to sort of seal the embroidery and the denim together. It’s time consuming, but hey you’re in the embroidery game so I assume you’re cool with that. Also tightly sewing it all into place by hand is the only way to ensure it won’t fray and fall off or anything later after going through the wash, which would be shit after all your hard work. Good luck + pls upload a pic when you’re done ?

    • Stéphanie Bellemare

      So smart.

    • Audrey Brown

      Those look great!
      One of my friends learned embroidery and made her own charlotte olympia kitty flats (you know the ones) a few years ago. They looked amazing!

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  • Oh man Claire is the best. We need more of her on ManRepeller!

  • ThisPersonSleeps

    ooh awesome! More DIYs please.

  • hmm thanks this is really interesting

  • HannahGS

    YEs oh my god this made my day!! I’ve wanted this shirt for forever and a half but obv didn’t want to spend $$$$$$$$$$ so yayayayyay!

  • Pandora Sykes

    This is GREAT. But I am so lazy all it did is make me want to buy the real one, so I did and now I am broke. Thanks.

  • Totally obsessed with that top.

  • So cool! One question for Claire – is the fabric double layered, stitched or du you leave the ruffle edge raw with potential to create frayed edges?

    • Hi Mette! I seamed the ruffle edge (last step), but you can also leave the edge raw if you like. I think it looks better with a neat hem though.

  • haha what a great post!!! Its really refreshing to see these sort of articles (as opposed to fully sponsored fashion blogs).

  • Zara is now selling this for £6 bucks! I don’t know whether to be happy or horrified!

  • This is an amazing diy project, and not difficult if you have sewing skills!
    I love these illustrations by the way!

    Best Regards,
    Angelina Stroumpouli