Diamonds and Ruffles Scout Tee + instructions

The Fall semester is finally over! That means time to sew and watch TV! To celebrate the end of finals, I made this lovely scout tee Friday. I wore to out on Saturday to see The Hobbit and already know I’ll be wearing it a lot more. Skip to the bottom of the post for instructions.

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Fabric is from Grandma’s stash. It’s definitely cotton, but has a really cool soft/slick texture to it as well. It’s a really crisp white with subtle little diamonds that catch the light.

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What I really love about this shirt is that it’s really loose and comfy, but can be worn casually or dressed up. I need to hand sew some tiny belt loops on the waistline so the skinny belt will stay up without having to wear it too tight.

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This is a really easy modification to do, although making the ruffles even takes foreverrr. I have a love hate relationship with ruffles. Here are the steps I took:

1. Slash the pattern at the “shorten/lengthen” line and then cut out fabric as usual (just leave off the bottom part you cut off).

2. Sew the shoulders, bias neckline, sides, and sleeves as usual. I used 1/4″ double fold bias tape and used a slipstitch to hand sew it to the inside of the garment.

3. Cut out two long rectangles for the ruffle. The length of my two rectangles were about 40″ each (from selvage to selvage for each rectangle.” Make them smaller or larger depending on your shirt size and how full you want the ruffle. The height of the rectangle should be how much length you want to add to the shirt + seam allowance (I did 1/2″ at the top and 3/4″ for the folded hem). Make the rectangles really long, and you have a tunic or dress

4. Sew two lines of basting along the top of each rectangle 1/4″ and 3/4″ away from the edge. You’ll be sewing between these lines in a minute. Or use whatever method of gathering you want. Basting just means use the longest straight stitch on your machine.

5. Sew the rectangles right sides together so you have a tube and press seams open.

6. Gather the rectangles by pulling both thread tails and evenly redistributing the ruffles. This may take a while. Keep doing this until the rectangle is the same length as the edge of the shirt.

7. Match side seams and pin the gathered rectangles to the shirt edge, right sides together.Use as many pins as necessary. Keep fussing with those ruffles and get them evenly distributed! No one likes ripping out stitches later.

8. Using a straight stitch, sew the top and bottom together with 1/2″ seam allowance.

9. Pull out the basting. Finish the seam with a zig zag stitch, serger, or your preferred method. You could also sew a skinny piece of elastic onto the seam at this point if you want the shirt to be fitted at the waist.

10. Roll the bottom edge under twice, press, and hem.

TA-DA!

High-low side split tunic

I’ve only recently come to fully appreciate the comfort and convenience of wearing leggings. However, LEGGINGS ARE NOT PANTS! You’d think it’d be easy to find long shirts since leggings are so popular now, but it isn’t. Everything is just slightly too short, so I decided to make my own tunic out of this amazingly soft and stretchy fabric from JoAnn’s.

I’m not patient enough to wait until the sun is at the right place, so I’m sorry about the kinda awkward photos  :/

Handmade high low tunic. by ConniyaI based this pattern off of an old t-shirt I have that I wish were a tad bit longer. Shirt sleeves are a nightmare I haven’t mastered yet so I went with seamless sleeves instead (1 pc for the shirt front and 1 pc for the back).

Tracing the shirt. ConniyaBut wait, there’s more!

Side view of high low tunic. by ConniyaI was inspired to do this by the vent-tee maxi dress I saw on the etsy store BabooshkaBoutique. I am also in love with the drawstring dropcrotch knickers…and everything else in her store. Everything is 25% off for memorial day, so check it out.

vent tee maxi dress by BabooshkaBoutique etsy storeI was so proud of myself for doing this neckline! I had to redo it twice, and it still isn’t perfect. It’s good enough for me though. Picking out stitches in this fabric is a nightmare.

Neckline closeup. Conniya

Here are two crucial techniques I learned while working on this:

1. Slightly stretch the fabric while sewing a straight seam because you want it to be able to stretch out a little when you’re wearing the garment and putting it off and on. This also helps get rid of those annoying puckers I had trouble with in this dress.

2. For the neckline: stretch out the binding as you sew, but DON’T stretch the main piece of material. This makes the neckline lay flat. I took a strip of fabric folded in half lengthwise, pressed it, and sewed rights sides together at the raw edge.

The first time I did mine, it wasn’t stretched enough. The second time around I stretched mine too much in the front, which left a few gathers as you can tell in the photo above

 

Now I can’t wait to work with more knits! Maybe I will be able to head back to JoAnn’s in Lexington sometime this summer.