metallic silver ruffle tank tutorial

This post is sponsored by Babylock.

free baby tank pattern

Earlier today I posted about how the Melody machine takes all my machine feet (the cheapo generic feet!) including the ruffler! There is also a complete tutorial on how to install the foot. But now, I wanted to show you how to put that ruffler foot to good use! I have the most fun using my ruffler foot with unique fabrics that look really lucious in perfectly spaced gathers. I picked up this metallic spandex in Berkeley this summer.

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So here’s how to make this cute little metallic ruffle baby tank.

Ruffle Tank Tutorial:
Materials:

-free pdf pattern (size 12-18M)
-jersey knit (I upcycled a tiered dress, so mine has tiers)
-contrast knit for binding 1.25″ by length of neckline/armscyes
-shiny spandex

So this little baby tank is just a simple tank top with a bound neckline facing. This technique for facing is pretty cool! I modified the pattern after making mine to widen the straps a little so there is enough room for the arm binding/facing also. So print the free pattern pieces then cut out a front and back. Sew them together on the side seams and the shoulder seams.

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Now sew the binding piece together along the short edge with right sides together. Then pin it onto your neckline, with right sides together. I like to place the binding seam at center back.

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Pin all the way around and sew it on at 3/8″.neckline-3

 

 

Press binding up. neckline-4

 

Also press seam allowance up.neckline-5

Now you’ll fold the raw edge of the binding over once to cover the seam allowance. Then flip it over twice so you have a nice clean edge. Do this all the way around.neckline-binding

Pin it on and stitch around at 1/4-3/8″.

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Normally I would sew with a thread that would blend in better, but for the purposes of this tutorial I used white thread so you can see how the stitching is on the outside of the tank and the binding/facing is completely on the inside. This gives you a nice clean edge!baby-tank-3

Repeat the same steps with the armholes and then sew on your ruffle! I made this ruffle by running two long strips (about 20″) of different widths (2″ and 1.5″) stacked on top of each other through the ruffler foot. The settings were a pleat depth of about 4 and frequency of 1. For information on how to use the ruffler foot click here.

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