As I promised, here's another embellished tee I copied at home:
It's there in the name: the Asymmetrical Ruffle tee!! How can you screw up if it's supposed to be asymmetrical? This was a really fun one to copy.
I started with this (technically pajama) tee from Target. It was $3.24 on clearance.
So here's the tutorial:
- Cut off the sleeves.
- Hem the (now short) sleeves.
- Back to the cutting board: Cut open the sleeves and chop off the serged seam allowance. Also cut off the cuff hem.
- Even up the sleeve pieces so you have two big rectangles instead of two top-chopped-off triangles.
- Using my handy see-through ruler, I cut one of the sleeves into evenly sized 1.5" wide strips. These will become the ruffles that go all around the neck.
- Next, cut more (larger, 2") strips out of the other sleeve piece. These will be the wider ruffles that go on one side of the neck.
- Sew all the 1.5" ruffles together and sew all the 2" ruffles together. Press seams open.
- Sew along one side of both strip pieces, large stitches and tight tension.
- Pull on the top thread and gather the strips.
- Pin the 1.5" wide ruffle (pointing up) around the neck of the tee. Sew it down. Sew through the neck band--extra strength, anchors it down, covers the original neckline.
- Pin the 2" ruffle down, pointing down, on the right side of the neckline wrapping around the back. See the original for an example. Sew it down.
- Only sew to a point just above the V. Cut the ruffle off at this point.
- Pin the other half of the 2" ruffle down on top of the first part. Sew.
- You'll notice on the JCrew version that the top wide ruffle is tapered. Trim the top ruffle at an angle.