Put a Ruffle on it! (Bonus Feature: How to Make a French Seam)

Upcycled white ruffle shirt

I know! I know! You’ve heard me say it before. But this shirt REALLY needed a ruffle! It was such a sad little shirt!

Upcycled white ruffle shirt

It did have some fun eyelet detail, but other than that… Snoozarama!

Upcycled white ruffle shirt

Let’s give it some new life with ruffles using the fabric from the sleeves!!!

Upcycled white ruffle shirt

Upcycled white ruffle shirt

Upcycled white ruffle shirt

Upcycled white ruffle shirt

Upcycled white ruffle shirt

Upcycled white ruffle shirt

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This next step is on one long side and both short sides of the ruffle piece.

Upcycled white ruffle shirt

Upcycled white ruffle shirt

Upcycled white ruffle shirt

Upcycled white ruffle shirt

Upcycled white ruffle shirt

Upcycled white ruffle shirt

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Hey, at least I didn’t “put a bird on it”! πŸ™‚

Have a beautiful Saturday!


For more ideas on how to upcycle old clothes go here:

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55 Responses to Put a Ruffle on it! (Bonus Feature: How to Make a French Seam)

  1. Joyce Love says:

    I love it! And thanks so much for your detailed tutorials & close up photos – I am a visual & hands on learner so your tutorial are just what I need!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Love this! I’m doing one today! Thank you for the inspiration and instructions!

  3. So cute. Put a bird on it? Did I miss something?

  4. BeingZhenya says:

    You and ruffles πŸ™‚ This was a great shirt though, especially after!!!

  5. mari says:

    Love ruffles and you look great in them Beth!!

  6. Perfect look for this material. Very tailored but feminine.

  7. Eyelet and ruffles…….come on……it’s style perfection……..seriously!
    fashion stylist

  8. foodaddictionrecovery says:

    That turned out really nice!

  9. So very cool! I love that turquoise sweater too – did ya remake that?? Happy Easter!

    • Thanks, Kelli. The turquoise sweater came from TJ Max a long time ago. I’m participating in the Dress for Change Week next week. We’re supposed to wear the same black dress (I opted for a black skirt) all week and accessorize differently each day. For everyone that signed up to participate, Sheyanne is making a dress to send to an African girl so she can attend school. It’s a great cause but it’s supposed to be a warm week so I’m trying to find springy things to wear with the black. Thought this sweater might do the trick. Happy Easter to you, too!

  10. Beautiful refashion! – Happy Easter πŸ™‚

  11. Jo H. says:

    Another winner! The blouse looks so nice for spring and summer. I’m glad someone else asked about the bird reference – I didn’t know either πŸ™‚

    Thank you for the tutorial on French seams. It clears up some confusion I was having when I tried to follow written directions elsewhere. Very helpful!

  12. ooobop! says:

    Beautiful. Reminds me of my ‘Adam and the Ants’ days. But far more classy. πŸ™‚

  13. Wow… that looks really great and “professional”. I like how you used French seam and sewed the ruffle on right sides together, then pressed and sewed it down again. It looks great, and I’m sure to use those tips next time I’m ruffling something up!

  14. Marina says:

    Lovely refashion, as ALWAYS! quite pretty and looks great on you. Thanks for the detailed pics also!!!

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  16. Pam says:

    So cute! How did you finish the sleeves? I think I missed that part. Love the sweater.

    • Thanks, Pam. I just cut the sleeve close to the topstitching so I wouldn’t have to put a hem in it. You could put one in if you’d like though. Let me know if you try this. I’d love to see your finished shirt.

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  18. raicamarig says:

    Since I started following your blogs, I’m really amazed how you do things. Will try some of your tips after my crocheting projects…

  19. Julie says:

    Hi Beth. Another beautiful transformation! I’m refashioning a pretty ugly boxy men’s white button-down shirt into a maternity/nursing top with the ruffle detail. How wide did you cut your strips on this one? Looks like about maybe 3 inches on each side? Thanks!

  20. Anonymous says:

    The “Ruffle Police” are after me. Everything I touch needs a ruffle. Love your tutorial. Thank you soooooooo much. Easy to follow and understand! Thank you!!

    • It’s good to know I’m not the only offender!!!!
      Happy Ruffling!!!

      • Anonymous says:

        No you’re not. Although its a “recent” fascination. The craft room aka sewing machine room was just renamed by my boyfriend as “Ruffle County.” I’m taking things apart that I’ve had for a few years and redoing them. I’d attach a pic of a tank top hat I added a ruffle to today but that isn’t an option. 😦 Started the long sleeve shirt mod using sleeves as ruffles. Didn’t like the overall look of my result of putting it together. Took ruffle off and changed it to a different type. Put it on and it’s cute! This weekend I’ll finish the other side and add it to my work attire. I need a “ruffles anonymous.” Lol…

  21. Jen says:

    I love this, it looks so classy and feminine… you’ve inspired me! Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

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  23. Anonymous says:

    L O V E ruffles. great idea. Thank you!!

  24. Harley says:

    U rock. You are so talented. Thanks for sharing.

  25. Copperfall says:

    Hi Beth, I found you just at end 2015 and asked for your book for Christmas. This weekend is my first off since January and I can’t wait to make a ruffled shirt like this tomorrow. I already cut apart a pullover sweater I made/didn’t like and gave it an off-center cardigan opening based on your can-do encouragement – love it now! Thank you for sharing your awesome ideas and projects! Sue in Minnesota

    • How nice to open up my computer this morning and see your nice comment, Sue! It made me smile to know that you’re trying out some refashioning and to know you’re from Minnesota is just icing on the cake. Have a wonderful day and please let me know if you have any questions. πŸ™‚

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