A Happy Birthday Renegade Ruffle Refashion

Thrift store clothes upcycled

How about instead of Resolutions on this last day of 2012 we do a

Renegade Ruffle Refashion.

But first, I’d like to wish Jan a Happy Birthday!!! I’m so lucky to have such a loving, kind, and caring sister who, even though we live thousands of miles apart, is always there for me. She lifts me up when I’m down and encourages me every day.

Happy Birthday Jan! I love you!


I think the shirt says it all. She’s such a good friend to me now.

Here we are wearing, what we called, our matching ketchup and mustard dresses that mom  made for us. Jan’s dress was red, mine was yellow.


A Christmas morning picture of us:


Ok, now, doesn’t everyone have a bathtub picture like this?


Jan cooking for me even back then.


I just wish we lived closer to each other so I could throw on this newly refashioned outfit and take you out for a birthday dinner.

 Happy Birthday Jan! Hope you have a great day!!!

Next up, the refashion:

 Polka dot and stripe combinations have been catching my eye lately so this frumpy thrift store frock was my next victim er…. I mean project.

DIY ruffle shirt refashion tutorial

After cutting off the bottom and cutting out the zipper, I turned it backwards to use the back as the front.

DIY ruffle shirt refashion tutorial

Pin and sew new neckline.

DIY ruffle shirt refashion tutorial

Right sides together, sew then press new front center seam.

DIY ruffle shirt refashion tutorial

Pin, sew and trim sides seams to fit.

DIY ruffle shirt refashion tutorial

The fabric I was using was polyester so I put a zig zag stitch next to the new seam to keep it from fraying.

DIY ruffle shirt refashion tutorial

Hem the bottom of the shirt.

To make a pattern for your flounce ruffle, measure the length of the desired ruffle and that will be the middle circle of your pattern. The width of the circle will be the width of your ruffle.

DIY ruffle shirt refashion tutorial

Cut two ruffles and make some matching bias tape. (I really do have a bias tape tutorial coming up soon. :))

DIY ruffle shirt refashion tutorial

Cut through each of the ruffles.

DIY ruffle shirt refashion tutorial

Pin and sew the bias tape on the outside of the ruffle.

DIY ruffle shirt refashion tutorial

Turn under the inside edge of the flounce once and sew.

Starting at the shoulder, pin and sew each ruffle along the new neckline and down the front center seam. My ruffle stops at the waistline.

DIY ruffle shirt refashion tutorial

I really wanted to show off the entire outfit. The skirt was made from scratch today using an existing skirt as a pattern and some nice navy micro suede fabric I’ve had for years. The striped cardigan was resized and refashioned yesterday. But, dang it, my photographer was chukar hunting  so I had to take my own after photos.

DIY ruffle shirt refashion tutorial

Thanks to you, sewing has been really enjoyable for me this past year.

Please let me know if you have an idea for an upcoming tutorial, I’d love to get your ideas for new things to try.

Here’s to great things coming your way in 2013!!!

Happy New Year!


P.S. If you haven’t had a chance to go here to check out and subscribe to my new You Tube channel there’s still time. Your name will be put in a drawing for this refashioned hat and mittens set:

sweater to hat and mittens refashion tutorial

You might also enjoy:

Easy DIY Refashion Tutorials 2

About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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47 Responses to A Happy Birthday Renegade Ruffle Refashion

  1. Happy Birthday, Jan and Happy New Year Beth and Jan. I hope 2013 is Happy, Healthy and prosperous!!!!

  2. Thomas says:

    I hope I win the hat and mitten set lol. happy Birthday

  3. You look adorable! Hoping I win the giveaway.

  4. Oh, how I love polka dots. Great refashion Beth. I like how you paired the polka dot top with a striped cardigan. You are one sassy mama! Lol.

  5. I love the WHOLE outfit! And the photos of you and your sister are adorable. 🙂

  6. mamacormier says:

    Thanks for sharing the photos of you and your sister. By the way what is chukar hunting?

  7. So awesome! Great post!

  8. Reblogged this on Paisley Lynne Boutique and commented:
    Love this shirt! So cute and great tutorial- you could use this ruffle for the front of a little shift dress as well.

  9. Jan says:

    You are so good at making me cry! Thanks! Love you!

  10. Mother Deer says:

    Great tutorial; very clear and easy to understand. Love the photos, and thanks for sharing…however, I’d like to know more about the doll house in the Christmas photo…which one was it? Tammy? Barbie? Skipper?

  11. Cul de Sac says:

    I wish i was as good as you are at refashionning! Maybe i just need to be more daring 😉 your outfit looks lovely and your new shirt is amazing! You are sooo inspiring!

    • I really should let you know that many of my refashioning attempts don’t work out. Of course, I don’t blog about those. But each time I fail, I learn something from it and move on. I believe its all part of the process. If I was asked for any advice, it would be to jump right in with both feet and just give it a try. Thanks for all of your support!

  12. Happy new year to you! Yet again, another amazing re-fashion. This outfit looks great!

  13. Zsuzsa Klush says:

    Happy New Year to you ! Great job again. You take good pictures of yourself as well.

  14. Happy, Happy Birthday!!! I love this tutorial!! Thank you so much for sharing, now I need to make one for myself!

  15. Jo H. says:

    This is such a pretty top – and the whole outfit looks very chic. Enjoyed the pictures, too! Hope your sister had a great birthday!

  16. NanaDoll says:

    I nominated you for the Blogger of the Year 2012 award! http://momtoldmetowriteabook.wordpress.com/

  17. Corinne says:

    I never would have though to transform a dress into such an adorable blouse. Your ideas are always inspiring and inspired!

  18. This is one of the best refashions I’ve seen. Thanks for such a great tutorial! 😉

  19. Thank you a lot! I’ve it a which looks like this one and I didn’t know what to do with. Now I know =D

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  21. wow! What vision. I could have never imagined something so cute out of that huge square sack of a “dress”. Great job!

  22. Beverly says:

    I am just viewing this and find it to be a classy outfit. Your creativity is so amazing! I’m getting inspired just from seeing all of the beautiful pieces you have refashioned. Thanks for so many wonderful ideas!

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