Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Ruffle Sleeve Top Tutorial

Thanks for all the lovely comments on the ruffle sleeve tunic top. I decided to put together a tutorial, so that you all could make one of your own. A few notes: I am giving directions for the top that I made in a size 4T/5T. If you are making it smaller or larger, you will need to adjust the measurements accordingly. ***Measurements for 2T/3T now listed at the bottom of this post*** Also, choose a lightweight fabric like a cotton or cotton blend. Anything thicker will just not work for the sleeves. Alright! Here's how I did it:


Cut a piece of fabric measuring 36" by 17". The 36" length is the one that goes around the chest. Sadie's chest measures 23" so adjust accordingly for a smaller or bigger size. The 17" length is for the length of the top. Again, adjust accordingly for a different size. Or add a bit more length to make this into a dress.

Also, cut two pieces of fabric to 7" by 16" for the sleeve.

You're going to need some elastic as well. I used 1/2 inch elastic.


Take the larger piece of fabric & sew right sides together along the shorter (17") side. Finish your edge with a zig zag stitch.


Make a casing along the top end of this tube. Fold down 1/4 inch & iron.


Then fold down & iron again 1/2 inch, or slightly bigger then the width of your elastic.


Staring at one side of your back seam, stitch along the edge of your casing, leaving a 1" opening for the elastic.


Below are examples of elastic. The top is regular elastic & the bottom is non-roll elastic. I would recommend using the non-roll elastic.


Cut a piece of elastic that is one inch longer than the chest measurement. Sadie's chest measurement is 23" so I used a 24" piece of elastic. Using a safety pin, thread your elastic all the way through the casing.


Overlap your elastic ends & stitch together.


Position your elastic inside the casing. If you want to attach a tag to your shirt now is the time to do that. I use a small piece of bias tape. Ribbon could also be used. Fold it over & tuck the ends into the casing. Pin in place & stitch your casing closed.


Now, take your sleeve pieces & fold them in half length wise, right sides together & iron.


Next, you need to cut rounded corners, like shown below. I just freehand on one end. Then fold the piece in half at the center to use that end as a guide for cutting the other half. Then place this piece on top of the other sleeve piece & use it as a template for cutting the rounded corners on that one.


Pin in place & stitch around the rounded side, leaving the bottom open.


Remove the pins, snip your seams around the corners on both sleeve pieces. This makes it easier to turn those corners out.


Turn the sleeve pieces out, iron flat & then top stitch around the rounded edges of both sleeve pieces.


Next, make a casing for the elastic on the sleeve pieces. Fold up the bottom hem 1/4" & iron.


Fold up another 1/2", or slightly larger than the width of your elastic & iron. Pin into place & stitch along the top folded edge.


Using a safety pin, thread elastic through the casing. At this point I like to measure the sleeve against my child to make sure I'm getting the length right. Then stitch the elastic in place at the openings.


Trim your threads & an excess elastic. Position your sleeve pieces on the shirt. I go about 3 inches from the back center seam & then line it up with the front. You may need to measure this on your child before your attach the sleeves.


Sew each of the sleeves into place.


Now you just need to hem up the bottom. Fold down the bottom hem 1/4" and iron flat. Then fold down another 1/2" & iron flat. I like to place pins in the hem as I'm ironing it, to keep the hem nice & flat.


Starting & ending at the back seam, stitch your hem into place.


And there you have it! You've finished your top!


As you can see, Sadie was not very happy to be modeling for me once again.


But then her foot rubbed against the chalkboard & it sounded like a toot & that got her laughing. :)


So, I've given you the basic top here. You could add pockets, a contrasting band of fabric along the bottom, lengthen it into a dress, and add a ruffle at the bottom. They are really comfy & the sleeve works nicely as a cool summer top, but goes over a t-shirt well for use in the winter too!

Please let me know if you make one. I'd loooove to see it!!!

***Measurements for a 2T-3T:
Shirt body: 30 in x 13 1/2 in (76 cm x 34 1/2 cm)
Sleeves: 14 in x 3 1/2 in (35 1/2 cm x 9 cm)
1 inch Elastic for body: 21 inches (53 1/2 cm)
1/4 inch Elastic for sleeves: 9 1/2 inches (24 cm)
Measurements via Dana of MADE ***

73 comments:

Sarah@Neoteric.Traditional said...

Thanks for sharing that. I like the way you did the sleeves, fewer steps is always a bonus for me. And thanks for the photo of the elastic. I think I have both in my sewing box but I don't recall that it said it was "no roll".

Donna said...

This ROCKS! Candace, thanks for this . . I want to try one for my daughter Margo, although she's going through a major dress phase I may have to try a longer one.

Michele said...

Fabulous! Thanks for sharing this cute top tutorial.

Bird Bath said...

beauty! thanks very much for that - it will be perfect for my little girls. With Spring fast approaching down here, I will have to get cracking on this real soon.

Dawn said...

Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing this! I can't wait to try it out.

rachelmp said...

Love it! My little girl Maya would love this so off to make one asap! Thanks Rachel

jess said...

thanks for the tutorial! looks pretty simple, i like simple. :)

Bek said...

Lovely! Another thing to add to the list for my summer sewing. Thanks for the tute!

Jen said...

thanks for the tute...i know what i'll be whipping up this weekend! :)

Mary said...

It's only 8 a.m. and I've found a tutorial for a completely darling top in exactly the right measurements?! It's my lucky day!! Thank you so much for putting this together. I'll make one by the weekend for sure!

Jen said...

That is adorable!

sewmarm said...

Ooh, I used to love wearing these as a child! It was like having little angel's wings.

Sandra said...

Such a sweet top. I have three boys so no ruffle tops for them. But my darling niece, for whom I love to sew girly things, will love it! Thank you :).

mommabeans said...

Adorable! I'm going stash diving right now. Thanks so much!

liz said...

cute shirt! thanks!

i like to sew my daughters clothes too. i made her a "spring collection", but have discovered she does NOT need clothes for the fall. well... shirts maybe. but that's it! my poor son. he gets nothing ;)

HayleeMcInnes said...

I just love this top! My daughter and i made one today and i will have to post a a pic when i work out how lol

Deb said...

Thankyou for this great tutorial. I've been wanting to make something like this for a while.

Kerry said...

I love this it is so fun, cute, and simple. I think it's great that your making your daughter's school wardrobe I wish I could, my kids wear uniforms.

cara. said...

you really are the coolest. so great of you to share your wealth of knowledge instead of trying to hoard it for those of us who can't afford to buy some things for our children and don't have the basic skills to come up with this stuff. seriously, just found your blog and already a huge help. cannot wait to venture through past posts and subscribing for the future ones! GREAT WORK. (:

Lindsey said...

I love this..so simple. Thanks!

dana said...

SO cute! So simple. I may have to make one and link to your tutorial!

Charo said...

Thaks fot he tute, I love the top and I will do some for my little angel Maria.

dana said...

Okay, I'm a sewing addict. I'm really supposed to be packing. But I spent last night making your top! It was just too adorable that I wanted to share your tutorial with everyone.
Thanks for posting this!
I blogged about it here:
http://www.dana-made-it.com/2009/08/you-know-youre-addicted-to-sewing-when.html
- dana

dana said...

also, using your measurements I came up some 2T-3T measurements in my post. Please feel free to use them (if you'd like) for your tutorial.

Susan said...

The sad frown cracked me up....what a trooper! Great top and tutorial. Thanks!

Joy said...

How cute! You don't happen to have the measurements for a size 8 girl do you? I am hating that my little girl isn't so little any more.

Big brother, Little sister. said...

Hi Candace, lovely to find your blog. thankyou so much for this tutorial it was truly fantastic,so clear and easy to follow.
please see my effort here!
http://coopsnpeps.blogspot.com/2009/08/ruffle-sleeve-topdress.html

thanks again
Bron

Anonymous said...

Hi Candace,
I have found you via "Stacy Sews" blog, she had a link to this fantastic tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing this. I have almost finished my version and will send you a link to the finished version. Can't wait to share it!
Kind Regards

Zaneta

luvinthemommyhood said...

Just gorgeous! Love it! I couldn't resist adding this to our link luv roundup today.
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Andrea McMann said...

Adorable! I'm definitely going to bookmark this tutorial. Thanks!! :)

natalie said...

I just finished mine last night... thanks so much for the tutorial!
http://seegeorgia.blogspot.com/2009/09/sewing.html

Shimmy Shake said...

Fabulous tutorial. Loved the outcome and I can't wait to make it again! Thank you!

http://gimmeashimmyshake.blogspot.com/2009/09/ruffle-top.html

Ronit said...

just finished a top for my daughter. this is the second item i have ever made for her. Thank you so much - this was so simple and well explained!

Ruthie said...

Great top. I make things for the woman's shelter in town. This would be great. I make it simple and I can use my stash fabric. Thanks.

Ruthie

Tina said...

Love your blog and love your tutorials! I made a ruffle top and your instructions were so easy to follow. Check out what I made!

http://littlehandsbigblessings.blogspot.com/2009/09/i-ruffles.html

Jessie said...

I love this top! I made the 2T/3T version for my little Mae and added buttons (like Dana's) and pockets. Feel free to check it out...I'm pretty new at sewing so you can just ignore any little flaws!

http://madecunningly.blogspot.com/2009/09/ruffle-sleeve-top-in-pink.html

Pickled Weasel said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial, it was really easy to follow. I've blogged about the top I made here: http://thepickledweasel.blogspot.com/2009/09/liberty-ruffle-top.html

Stephanie and Carlos said...

This so added to my "to do list" hmmm.. maybe i will bump it up to my top 7... hehe

xo Steph

Amber Liddle said...

I'm trying this today, now that my new sewing machine is here. Can't wait to see how it turns out!! Thanks so much, the tutorial is so straightforward.

The P*dunc's said...

I am in the middle of sewing this right now. It is so cute!

As for the measurements from Dana for the 2T-3T, I don't think that she folded the sleeve at all. So if you sew this per your instructions exactly, the sleeves need to be cut 7 inches wide. I am learning this the wrong way...itty bitty sleeves, but still cute, I am sure!

CAKE handmade said...

Thaks for sharing this! I just made a Halloween version and it turned cute.

Bobbi Jo said...

I just made this for my soon to be neice. I think it turned out cute. I am a novice sewer, so instead of making the straps, I used lace:-) It's posted to my blog- thanks for sharing your How-To.

beautifulladybird said...

Finished my ruffle sleeve top! Great tutorial. I modified it for my eight month old. Pictured here: http://beautifulladybird.wordpress.com/2009/10/10/birds-ruffle-sleeve-top/

The GreenLunns said...

I absolutely love this! Thanks so much for sharing. I'll be making one of these for my niece very soon!

My 1st Bambina! said...

Thanks soooo much for this wonderful tutorial !!!
This past summer I bought cute FQ's hoping to make cute little blouses
for my little one but it didn't happened... Now thanks to this tutorial I will be making them before winter is over !!!!
Love the ruffles !!!
This tutorial may work for an adult as well !??? Hmmm.

Makuahine said...

I love this! I came across this tutorial this morning and went out after work this evening to pick up fabric to make each of my girls one! I can't wait to start first thing in the morning. I really needed a new project and this fit the my requirements, cute, simple, for my girls lol!

Cisca said...

I just made it, and love it!
I also want to let you know I love your blog, I read it almost every day, but never left a response before.
My blog is in Dutch, but it has a translation tool and I posted a picture of the top/dress. Thank you!

http://kobusenco.com

K said...

I saw your tutorial over at Dana MADE, and tried it that same day I found it. Then I made a dress version! Wonderful tutorial, thank you so much!

shirt: http://www.flickr.com/photos/skirt_as_top/4403216034/
dress: http://www.flickr.com/photos/skirt_as_top/4402471749/

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teresajoy said...

What a cute little top! Thanks for the tutorial!

Camille said...

Just made this top yesterday. Thanks for such a great tutorial!
http://scgoble.blogspot.com/

MessyMissy said...

Thank you for this tutorial!! I am gonna get right to it....summer is coming!!

Kelly said...

I just found this tutorial and I am SO excited. I am in the process of making it right now and cant wait to see how it turns out!!!! Thank You so much for such a detailed and EASY to follow tute!!!

excited2sew said...

Yay! Thank you for this wonderful tutorial! I love how cute the top is & already excited to make some more tops for our nieces!

Bulldog Blog said...

Hint:
I had some cute pink eyelet knit leftover, enough for 2 Ruffle Tops for 2 toddler GD's.
It was too thick to turn double for the sleeve elastic casing. So this works--iron the bottom raw edges under in a 1/4 seam before topstitching the fold edge. Then you can tuck in 1/4" elastic on the bottom, stretching as you go, and zigzag it closed.

electricbluebird.com said...

I made mine! I used a vintage pillowcase and made a dress. So freaking adorable!

electricbluebird.com said...

Here is a picture:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/26347029@N00/4598636620/

Genevieve said...

thanks for the awesome tutorial!! i finally made this top (its been on my to-do list for a long time!) and blogged about it here-

http://vievesscrapbooking.blogspot.com/2010/06/hey-yall.html

thanks!!

Lee Ann said...

I finally made one!! I love this top and will be making many many more! My sister in law wants one for her holiday! LOL. Thank you!!

http://viewfromthehamsterwheel.blogspot.com/2010/09/you-are-my-sunshine.html

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Katie said...

thanks for the inspiration and great tutorial! this was a fun project.

http://katieemrich.blogspot.com/2011/04/another-summer-top.html

Jennifer said...

I just finished a dress with the help of your pattern. If I could figure out how to post a picture I would. It turned out precious. Thanks.

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Syd said...

Thank you for the great tutorial! I made 3 of them this weekend! One for each of my daughters & one for my niece.

While They Snooze said...

I've had your post in my bookmarks bar for a LONG time... I finally made one! Hope you like it!

http://whiletheysnooze.blogspot.com/2011/06/plum-cute-ruffle-top.html

Thanks for the detailed tutorial : )

Jennifer Aniston said...

Nice post i will definitely try this its so easy.
Thanks Candace for sharing this tutorial with us. keep updating us with such tutorials.

Thanks.
Jennifer Aniston

Marshena said...

Thank you so much for posting this super easy top. I made it last night for my self. A plus size girl. :) and it came out really cute. I would love to share a pic, but im new to this blog site so i dont know how to share it. Anyways, thanks again!!

eBz said...

I made one tonight after seeing your tutorial from Danas blog! i love this top and will be making more for my almost 3 yr old! - Here is a pic of mine =) http://sewgeeky.blogspot.com/2011/09/ruffle-sleeve-top-for-miss-m.html

Joey said...

Thanks. I finally have the courage to sew something for my daughter.

http://joeycraftworkz.blogspot.com/2011/10/first-ruffle-sleeve-top-for-her.html

kayla hackney said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial, your instructions are really simple and easy to follow.
I've just made 2, 1 that fits my daughter now and one a little bit bigger ready for summer. (she's 5 months, so I just used your 2T instructions and took a little bit off.)
I screwed up a bit on the sleeves when sewing to the bodice, so I made some little felt flowers and sewed these onto where I'd messed up and it looks so sweet :)

Thanks again x

molly said...

I've been looking for an easy top to make for my twin girls for the summer (when you are sewing for two, the easier, the better :).

My girls are in 24m/2T, so I used Dana's size adjustment. Just one difference, the width of the sleeves was WAY too narrow so I scrapped it and went with 14" by 6" instead, worked out perfect (although a tensy bit narrower than your result).

Thanks for the tutorial!!

Jessica Anderson said...

Used your awesome tutorial to make a cute shirt for my daughter. Thank you so much! You can check it out here: http://www.cutesycrafts.com/2013/07/sail-away-summer-outfit.html

TDW said...

Thanks so much for a great tutorial! I made one for my daughter and it'll look ADORABLE both over and long sleeve tee, or on it's own once summer returns.

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