I finished my second “basic with fun details for the summer” tee! I sewed a basic tee with ruffle details to really give it a showstopping look. This ruffled tee is a bit loose to help me cool off when it’s hot and the jersey is linen based which I love. I definitely have a weakness for natural fibers and almost exclusively wear them with a little spandex thrown in.
I won a gift certificate to Fabric Mart and used some of it to get this pale gray linen jersey. (I used the other half for charcoal rayon spandex that I used for my waterfall raglan.) The fabric is very sheer, has slubs, and has minimal stretch and return. I got two yards knowing I would probably have to double up the fabric. It has pretty good drape, but since I wanted to double the layers to combat the sheerness I knew I would lose some of the pretty drape. I decided against a drapey look because of this. I doubled up the fabric on the body and sleeve pieces and the look is semi-fitted. It’s still slightly sheer, but I can wear it and feel comfortable. The fabric wasn’t hard to work with. You could tell it was linen based because it had almost a scratchy or sticky quality to it and would stick to other pieces of fabric.
I used the Union St tee pattern* and did a little pattern altering. I made a simple image so you can get the general idea of how to make it yourself.
- Cut the front and back piece along the side front and through the shoulder.
- Add seam allowance to both sides.
- Sew the four separate shoulder seams together.
- Create four ruffled pieces. I made mine 4 inches tall, folded them in half lengthwise and gathered the raw edge. Two were just smaller than the armscye length, so they wouldn’t go into the side seam. The other two were really long and went from waist to waist.
- Gather the pieces and baste them to one side of the seam that they will be in.
- Sew the other side of the seam on (with the ruffle sandwiched in between). Finish the edges.
- Topstitch the seam allowance away from the direction of the ruffle so that the ruffle lays flat.
Even though this ruffled tee has been finished for a short time, I already love it. It’ll be great on hot days since it’s loose and made out of linen, but I will feel cool (temperature wise) and put together. The color fits in my wardrobe well, and I love reaching for it.
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!