In case you haven’t noticed, I am so in love with the off-the-shoulder trend right now. Having always been a mix between preppy and bohemian style, this trend is right up my alley! I feel like showing your shoulders is a great way of feeling sexy and great, while still covering up and being modest. The one shoulder ruffle blouse is fun because you can pull the shirt over your shoulder, or keep it pulled down and fully off-the-shoulder. It looks great paired with shorts, or bell bottoms :). And I cannot wait to wear this on date night this Summer! It will be perfect for our bike rides along the boardwalk!
When something is comfortable and stylish, I call that a total win.
One Shoulder Ruffle Blouse DIY
- 2 yds lightweight woven fabric
- 1/4″ elastic
- Measuring tape
- Basic sewing essentials
FABRIC USED IN ABOVE PHOTOS:
HOW TO SEW A ONE SHOULDER RUFFLE SHIRT:
Step One – Measure the circumference of your bust, and divide that number in half. Add 10″ to that number. (For example, my bust is 36″ = 36/2 = 18, 18 + 10 = 28″). Measure from just under your shoulder to your desired shirt length, add seam allowance. Cut (2) rectangles of fabric your bust amount (28) X your desired shirt length for the shirt body.
Step Two – Cut (2) rectangles for the ruffle 10″ long X width of fabric.
Step Three – Place your shirt body pattern pieces right sides together. Measure 3″ down on one side, and cut a diagonal line from the upper top edge on the other side, to the 3″ mark.
Step Four – On the opposite side, the side that is still higher, measure 3″ down from the top, and 2.5″ in. Cut an arc for your armsyce.
Step Five – Place your 2 ruffles right sides together, pin and sew the side seam. Finish seam with either a serger, zigzag stitch or pinking shears. Press seam.
Step Six – Hem the bottom edge of the ruffle by either finishing the raw edge, and pressing 1/2″ towards the wrong side and sewing. Or turning 1/4″ to the wrong side and pressing, then turning again 1/4″, pressing and sewing with a straight stitch all around. Sew a line of gathering stitches along the top edge, and gently pull the bobbin thread to ruffle the upper edge of the fabric. Set aside for now.
Step Seven – Place shirt body pattern pieces right sides together, pin and sew side seam. Finish seam and press.
Step Eight – Finish armsyce seam and turn 1/4″ towards the inside. Press and sew to secure.
Step Nine – Gather the ruffle until it is about 8″ wider than your shirt width. Pin the top of the ruffle to the top of the shirt, with the excess ruffle hanging off one side (the side with the armsyce). Sew around using a basting stitch to secure in place.
Step Ten – Cut a strip of fabric 3″Long x circumference of the top of the blouse + 1″. Fold strip long edges 1/2″ towards the middle and press. Then fold strip in half, enclosing the folded edges, and press. Unfold the fabric strip, and sew the side seams right sides together using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Pin the upper edge of the looped strip to the raw edge of your ruffle and sew around with a 1/2″ seam allowance, using your pressed line as a guide. Before you go any further, double check that no fabric was caught in your stitches, and use the seam ripper if necessary at this time to correct. Trim ruffled seam to 1/8″ to help eliminate bulk.
Step Eleven – Fold the strip to the inside of the shirt, and pin around with the middle pressed seam along the top and the folded edge enclosed. Sew around, leaving a 2″ opening for inserting the elastic.
Step Twelve – Wrap the elastic around your chest and one arm, and pull the elastic until it is comfortable and secure. Cut to size.
Step Thirteen – Using a safety pin on one side of the elastic, slip into the casing around the top of your shirt and pull elastic around (making sure the other side of the elastic doesn’t get pulled in too). Overlap the elastic ends, and sew together with a zigzag stitch. Fully insert elastic into casing, and sew opening closed.
Step Fourteen – Fold the bottom edge of the shirt 1/2″ towards the inside and press. Fold again 1/2″, press and sew to hem.
And you are finished!
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…