Keeping it Simple: Grey ruffle shirt

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Grey ruffle shirt

Lately I have seen I lot of people around the blogosphere make shirts.  Since I really don't know what I'm doing half the time when I'm sewing, I was very scared and intimidated by making a shirt for myself.  Finally one day I just decided to try it.  I figured the worse that could happen is I would waste some time and a little money on fabric, not a big deal.  

So this is the shirt that I came up with.
This is how I made it.

To determine the width of the shirt, I measured myself around at the hips and bust (that's where I'm biggest).  I took the bigger number and then added 5 or 6 inches to it.  

For the bottom part of the shirt, I cut two pieces of fabric, measuring 20"x14" (that's how long I wanted it to be).  Then I sewed the sides together

Next I cut out several 4" strips for the ruffles.  I then pinned them onto the shirt.  I didn't ruffled them beforehand because I was lazy and just gathered them as I was sewing them.  
I worked my way up the shirt.
Here are all the ruffles.  
Next I cut out two pieces of fabric for the top.  I had the same width as the bottom, 20" and then made it 14" long.  I put the two together and sewed the sides.  
Next I took the top of the shirt and put the bottom inside, making sure that the front were facing each other and then I sewed them together.  
Next came the arm holes.  I did this just like I did for a pillowcase dress.  I tried the shirt on and marked where I wanted the hole to go.  
I folded the shirt in half and then I cut out the hole.  Then I hemmed the edges.  
Now for the neckline, I wanted to do something different, so I decided on a weave.  I cut out 5 strips about 1" thick.
I tried the 5 strips together.  
Using this tutorial, I made a 5 stranded weave.  
I pinned it onto the shirt to make the straps.  I sewed it on.
And that's it!  It was pretty easy to do.  It's not the most flattering shirt but it's comfy and when I'm having a "fat day" I can wear it :)
I wanted a little bit more color, so I whipped up a t-shirt cardigan to go over it.  



Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

Kaysi, that is so darn cute! You really are amazing!

Betsy Pool said...

I absolutely LOVE this!! Such a great tutorial! I would love it if you linked this up to my Take it on Tuesday blog hop party!!

I'm glad I found your blog - I'll be looking around...

deborah said...

adorable idea!
{the white chair}

Melissa said...

I love it especially with the cardigan!

Joe and Cassie said...

You are so talented! I love it!! (is there a tutorial for the cardigan that I missed???)

Kaysi @ Keeping it Simple said...

Thanks Cassie! I haven't done a tutorial for the cardigan yet, it's coming soon :)

Emily Meyers said...

Hey there!! I just added myself to your followers for support, and wanted to invite you to check out an awesome Modcloth giveaway I'm having!

Hope to see you there! Thanks so much!

Heaven's Walk said...

Sooooo cute, Kaysi! Looks adorable on you! :)

xoxo laurie

Emily said...

So cute! I so wish that I could sew...maybe I will try it :)

Leanne said...

That shirt is darling and I love the length. You did a great job!

Joe and Cassie said...


Jenni said...

really pretty! I love the braided neckline. And the blue cardigan adds the perfect finishing touch!

Betsy Pool said...

Thanks so much for linking up at Romance on a Dime!! I'm definitely pinning this. I hope to see you link up something next Tuesday as well!

Lorraine said...

I love it! Thanks!

Crafty Mischief said...

I am so loving this! My fave part is the braided straps.

Marie said...

Such a pretty top. I love anything with ruffles and the braid is such a nice touch!

Megan said...

cute Kaysi! thanks for linking up to Make it Monday!

Kristi said...

I love, love, love this, Kaysi!! The turquoise cardigan is too fabulous, too! I'm featuring this tomorrow at my party. Thanks bunches for linking up at last week's Mop It Up Mondays!


The Better Baker said...

Crazy Cute! Congrats on being featured at Mop it up Monday!

Emily said...

I think it looks great, awesome job!