I was browsing through Anthropologie for shirt ideas and came across the Wandering Wake Tank. I love it, so I made an easy tutorial for you!
I grabbed one of my old turtleneck Tees I wanted to change. I thought this medium gray would go with with the design. In this picture, you can see marks on the sleeves and neckline where I marked where I wanted to cut. (The bottom of the shirt is unhemmed so I kept with that theme through the whole shirt. If you want to hem your sleeves and neckline add seam allowance before you cut.)
I folded the shirt in half at center front and center back matching up the shoulder seams in the middle. I pinned and drew my new neckline.
Chop it off.
Measure down from the shoulder how short you want your sleeves, make sure both sleeve measurements match. (Can you see my reflection in the ruler?) Mark.
Put the shirt on to see how you like the sleeves and neckline. Then mark where you want the ruffles to go. (Excuse my dirty mirror.)
Measure the length of your lines.
I took those measurements and multiplied each by 1.5 and used the as my length. I cut my strips 2.5″ wide. I used the fabric left from the turtleneck and the sleeves. I cut them so they were rectangles and sewed them together so I could cut out my strips.
Strips of fabric
Fold the other side over 1/4″ and pin to the shoulder seam.
I found the center-ish of the strip, made a small pleat, and pinned it to the center-ish of the curved line.
Then randomly pleat along the strip until the strip length matches the line.
Sew and 1/8″ in from the edge with a slight zigzag stitch.
Repeat with the two other strips. I then sewed the edges and pleats down on the shoulder so that the ruffles wouldn’t sag or stick out.
Then you’re done! Great job! It’s a great ONE afternoon project.
I ironed my pleats just to help them lie flat.
I really love my new shirt.
And that it’s something from Anthropologie.
Now I need to go finish dinner. Have a great Monday!
Learn How to Sew Your Own Clothes
- If you want to learn how to sew your own clothing you need to start somewhere. These are the Things I Wish I Could Tell Myself Before I Started Sewing. They will help any beginner who wants to learn how to sew.
- Then you can read some Tips to Start Sewing Clothing.
- Once you start you’ll get better at using a sewing machine, but you’ll make clothing that you might not wear or love. I made every mistake and this is How to Sew Clothing You’ll Love. (Avoid my mistakes!)
- As you get better and better you’ll need to learn How to Choose Fabric for Sewing Clothes and the Best Fabrics for Sewing Clothing. I recommend fabrics that I love, but you’ll find the fabric you love the best.
- You can use paper patterns which are great to buy on sale or you can use PDF patterns which are great for instant gratification. There are lots of Different Ways to Assemble PDF Patterns so you need to find what works for you.
- Lastly, when you are sewing your own clothing and you are drawn to lots of different printed fabric, you need to learn How to Make a Versatile Handmade Wardrobe + Free Printable so that all the items in your wardrobe can coordinate with another item of clothing and be worn!