Hello! My name is Celina and I blog over at Petit a Petit and family where I share my love for children design in all it’s forms and shapes. When I received Kate’s email inviting me to her Ruffles series, I was for one overjoyed and then the first thing that came to mind was a ruffle shirt for my little boy! I wasn’t sure if it was a good idea at first and the more I thought about it and the more I loved it. I hope you’ll all enjoy it too!!! Now I knew I didn’t want to make something straight out of the 70′s, I knew I wanted something fresh and modern, something my son could actually wear more than once or for halloween and so I came up with this little version…
First, you will need to sew up a little boys shirt, I simply recycled an old shirt of my husbands. However, if you are looking for a nice shirt pattern with all the details such as collar stand, placket, sleeve cuffs and all, then I would recommend the Oliver +S pattern which you could get here.
Once that is done, you will need to prepared your ruffles. It is actually pretty easy!
Are you ready?
Cut 2 rectangles, 4.5 cm wide. For the length, you will first need to determine how many pleats you want. For my shirt which is approximately a size 6-7, I choose 13 pleats. Then you multiply that by 4.5 and add 5cm to your length, mine ended up being 4.5 cm wide by 63.5 cm long.
Sew the edges of your ruffles, turn the edges over by 0.5cm twice and stitch.
We need to finish the ends, turn over by 0.5 cm and then by 1cm and stitch.
You now have 2 long skinny rectangles.
Now we need to create the pleats…
Grab a pen, crayon or chalk and on the wrong side of your fabric you’ll need to put a mark at every 3cm and then at every 1.5cm and alternate until you get to the end. Don’t start right at the edge, your first mark should be where your seam is stitched down ( see photo below).
Starting with your second mark “B”, bring that over to your marking “A” creating a pleat and IRON.
Repeat until the end.
Grab your shirt- place your pleated fabric at 0.5cm from the shirt placket and right at the edge of your collar and PIN.
Sew at the centre of your pleated ruffle.
I decided to have only one ruffle on either side of the placket of my shirt, I felt it was more modern looking and edgy. However, feel free to add a few more ruffles to your shirt. You can see what it would look like in the image below.
And now you are ready to wear your shirt! Perfect for a wedding or special occasion. Why not combine it with a bow tie?!
Or perhaps you would rather pair with some jeans and make it more casual.
I went with a navy shirt because I wanted it to be something my son could wear often and on many occasions.
However, this is such a fun and easy “upgrade”, you might want to up-cycle all the shirts in the house and create some ruffled shirts in all the colors of the rainbow! This is great for little girls too, how cute would this be in a Liberty or an other fun print.
I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial, I had a lot of fun with it. I can’t thank Kate enough for having me here today. Hurray for ruffles even for little boys!