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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.