Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Add feminine flair to a store-bought tee-shirt ~ Twirly Tuesday

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When you take six children out and about, it’s helpful when they all wear matching colors. Even when you have two, it’s still helpful. J

Since my children insist on growing J, we’ve had to buy more matching tee-shirts in the right sizes. But the girls wanted theirs to be a bit more...girly. So, after all that looking and longing and pinning, I finally decided to try my hand at adding ruffles.



When we bought the shirts, I bought one extra to use for the ruffle fabric. Across the aisle at Wal-Mart, in the notions aisle, we found felt buttons that were perfect.


I was making it up as I went along, so I wasn’t sure how it would end up. But the girls loved them and we had a lot of comments at the state fair last week. This is how I did it.

First, I had my girls try on their shirts to see where ruffles should go. I figured about armpit level.

Next, I cut off the hem of the extra tee-shirt I was going to be cutting up for ruffles. My ruffles were two inches wide and 1 ½ times the width of the shirt. I didn’t hem the ruffles, although in hindsight, I could have done a tight overedge stitch. I figured the knit won't unravel and that's sort of the look anyway. I was good with that because it's easier and faster for this busy mama.
J


I put in one gathering stitch ¼ inch from the top edge of each ruffle. I then pulled up the stitch to gather to fit the distance across the tee-shirt. Place the ruffles where you prefer and pin them on. I placed them so that the top ruffle comes down just enough to cover the stitching of the bottom ruffle.



I basted the ruffles on, and when I was satisfied with the gathering and the placement, I put in a regular stitch to secure them.

Don’t forget to make sure you stitch through ONLY the TOP of the tee-shirt. If you stitch through the entire tee-shirt, obviously, it's unwearable. I mention this only because I barely caught myself as I pinned the ruffles on. J


Finally, I had my 12yo sew on her own felt flowers while I sewed on the 8yo’s. {Life skills, anyone?} I placed them on top of the stitching of the top ruffle, just because I'm weird like that. J I’m uncomfortable trying to place things deliberately in a haphazard, abstract manner, concerned that they will look too uniform to be abstract but too haphazard to be uniform.







What the 12yo wore ~

Denim skirt ~ thrift store {Like this Denim Gored Skirt on Amazon.}
Tee-shirt ~ Wal-Mart, girlified J
Tennis shoes  for comfort walking through the ginormous state fairgrounds ~ Kohl’s sale {Did you know Amazon sells tennis shoes? I had no idea.}


What the 8yo wore ~

Denim skirt ~ made with one seam up the back from purchased pre-ruffled fabric
Tee-shirt ~ Wal-Mart, girlified J
Tennis shoes ~ hand-me-downs 


Lilla Rose flexi ~ dropped bun in size large Music Lover’s flexi


Ponytail with simple grosgrain ribbon









What do you think? Worth a try? J



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19 comments:

  1. Adorable! I'm going to have to try it !

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    1. Great, Heather! I'd love to see how it turns out. :-)

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  2. Very cute and creative! Thank you for sharing your sweet idea with us :) Have a wonderful day!

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  3. Ingenious! Thanks for the step-by-step instruction. You must have read some of our minds after seeing the picture of your daughters' tees....."How did they do that?" :)

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    1. It's funny, Debbie, but since I've been blogging so regularly, when I have an idea, my second thought is usually, "I need to blog about that." :-) Have fun ruffling!

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  4. OH! I absolutely LOVE them and the idea!! Now, I really wish my sewing machine wasn't broken :-( You did a lovely job of it!! :-)

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    1. Thank you, Chrystal! :-) Any way you could get your machine repaired?

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  5. What a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. This is a wonderful idea..... we used to all dress in one color... on trips to the hospital or the zoo or other places...helps to keep track of each other... I just looked for similar colors... so girls had girl shirts, guys had guy shirts.... but this is a great idea and I could have used it then. Thank you for sharing this... ;)

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    1. Hi Crystal! I know you have two boys, but maybe you could do this for yourself? I would like to try one for me, but my daughters make better models. :-) Thanks for the link-up!

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  9. Very cute! I love sewing! Especially when its fast & easy! Just might have to do this.

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    1. Happy sewing, Kaylene! :-) Thanks for commenting.

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  10. That is SO cute! My 6 yo was looking over my shoulder as I read through it and is now trying to convince me that we need to go to the store to get things TODAY. ;) Thanks for sharing this!

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  11. Adorable!!! I know where I can get $1 tee-shirts near me, this sounds like a fun thing to try!
    Stopping by from the Maganging Your Blessings linky!

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