Well, that was a mouthful of a title. I wasn't too sure what I'd be posting today, but I had made this shirt before from a tutorial I found probably four or five years ago and can't seem to locate now. I've been looking for a black button down shirt and couldn't find one in a style I liked so I thought it would be fun to write out my own tutorial for this shirt refashion! (If anyone stumbles across the original tutorial I'd love to know so I can link it here.)
First, of course, start out with a plainly styled button down shirt. I just bought this one, specifically for this tutorial, at a thrift store today for $2.99. It had gathering under the bust, but it worked out alright, so there is a little leeway with design.
1. Try your shirt on and mark about half an inch longer than where you want the sleeve to end. Button all buttons and fold the shirt in half matching up the shoulder seams. Pin in place if necessary. Cut sleeves.
2. Next, cut the cuffs and seams from the sleeves you just cut off.
3.Lay sleeves flat, you should have two pieces of fabric that now look like the top photo.
4. Cut off the narrower side of the fabric. You won't need this.
You should now have a 2 fairly square pieces of fabric. The edges can be a little rough because you won't be able to tell one you make the ruffles.
5.Cut your fabric squares into strips approximately 1.5 inch wide. You will probably end up with one strip at the end that tapers to a point. You won't need that one and probably won't end up needing all of the strips you cut either.
6. Baste strips and gather as you go along. Be sure not to gather strips too tightly. Leave enough room for adjusting the ruffles later on.
7.When joining strips overlap about a quarter of an inch and be sure at least one basting stitch goes through the overlap.
To give you an idea of how tightly to gather, my fabric strips were about 12 inches long. When I gathered them it took 3 strips to make a 9 inch ruffle. I used 3 strips for the ruffle closest to the buttons, 2 strips for the middle ruffle, and 1.5 strips for the shortest ruffle.
8. Lay the ruffles on your shirt so you can decide how much you want to stagger them or how far apart you want to place them. It's okay if the tops are a little staggered too.
9. Pin ruffles to shirt, making sure to untwist them as you pin, and try on shirt with collar down to be sure that the collar covers the top of the ruffles in the way you would like it to look.
10. Sew a straight stitch down the center of each ruffle.
11. Trim the longer frays. You may have to trim them after the first couple of washes as well.
12. Hem sleeves and then you have finished your shirt!
The sun set while I was refashioning my shirt, so here is the lovely finished product brought to you by a bright camera flash. Note to self: make sure to button ALL the buttons next time. I only missed one. After the first three buttons the rest the button placket is hidden.
Happy sewing! :)