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Off The Shoulder Ruffle Top Pattern (sz 3 to 12)

This Off The Shoulder Ruffle Top Pattern, is a free sewing pattern available in a printable pdf, in girl’s sizes 3 to 12.  This sweet ruffle top is so versatile and can be worn many ways. It will definitely be a hit with your little fashionista!  (Plus you’ll love how easy it is to sew.)

Free ruffle top pattern

I have a new pattern to share with you today!  I’ve actually had this off the shoulder ruffle top pattern almost done for quite a while, but so much stuff has happened, I haven’t had the energy/motivation to finish up the tutorial and printable pattern template. (My least favorite part of the process, lol.)

The best thing that happened was our annual summer vacation. (OMG that photo!) 

The worst was getting sick for a full month and my hard drive failing right before the vacation.  I had not backed up my laptop in about 3 months- so I was in danger of losing a couple of unfinished patterns (including this DIY off-the-shoulder top) and lots of photos.  

Luckily, it was a minor failure, so the repair shop was able to recover all my files!  You know I was thanking my lucky stars, lol, and I am now feeling better from the worst stomach bug ever.

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Off The Shoulder Ruffle Top Pattern

diy off the shoulder top

It’s pretty late in the season for an off the shoulder top and I thought about saving the post until next spring but a couple of people have asked me about this pattern- so I decided to just go ahead with it!  (I had posted a sneak peek on Instagram before all of the calamities happened.)

In the version I am showcasing today, I opted to use a knit border print fabric for the ruffle top. (I had this print in my stash for a while.  I intended to use it in a nightgown for me, but it never got made.)

I had enough of the fabric to use the border as part of the ruffle.

off the shoulder top pattern

I think this top turned out super cute and my missy is already wanting another one, but in dress length. I’ve got the perfect pink and white floral rayon that will make a beautiful, flowy dress, but I think I will wait until next year on that one!

Recommended Fabrics for this Free Ruffle Top Pattern:

The best fabric for this ruffle top pattern is almost any fabric that is not too stiff.  I used my peasant dress pattern to design this top so it’s basically an off the shoulder peasant blouse.  What that means is, the top is roomy and will grow with your girl.

I used a knit fabric, but any flowy rayon-y fabric would be beautiful, but even a quilting cotton that is not terribly stiff would be cute as well.  I especially love the idea of a border print fabric or if you have an embroidery machine, how about a solid fabric with embroidery on the ruffle.

Ready to Sew Your Own Off the Shoulder Top?

How to make a ruffle top

Materials to Make an Off-the-Shoulder Ruffle Top:

  • pattern
  • fabric (up to 1.5 yards of 40 inch fabric for a size 12)
  • single fold bias tape
  • 1/4 inch elastic

Products used and Recommended:

  1. My favorite fabric shop for knits:  Funkalicious Fabrics and Girl Charlee. My favorite shop for cottons and other fabrics: Fabric.com.
  2. My Sewing Machine: SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist, my coverstitch: Janome Cover Pro 1000cpx
  3. My Serger: Brother 1034D 3 or 4 Thread Serger or you can just use Pinking Shears
  4. Rotary Cutter
  5. I love my large ruler and large cutting mat, but you may prefer to start of with a smaller Cutting set
  6. Dritz Dual Purpose Marking Pen and Fray Check
  7. Wonder clips (I didn’t use these in the post, but they are just awesome!

DIY Ruffle Top Pattern Tips:

  • 1/4 inch seam allowance
  • Light, flowy fabrics recommended (rayon, knits, voile)
  • Top is designed to hit at the hip.  To shorten or lengthen, cut pattern at waist level and redraw side seam.

Fit Chart:

ruffle top fit chart

Fabric layout Guide:

ruffle top pattern fabric layout

Elastic cutting chart: 

elastic cutting chart

 

 Off-the-Shoulder Ruffle Top Sewing Instructions

Step One:  Download and print pattern, cut out fabric pieces.

From the pattern, cut 2 bodice pieces (front and back are the same), 2 ruffle strips, and elastic according to the chart.  (I recommend measuring around your child’s shoulders for the best fit, but a standard chart is available if you can’t get a measurement.)

how to make a ruffle top

Step 2:  Add bias tape to the armscye.

Unfold bias tape and right sides together, Line up bias tape along the edge of the armscye.  Sew the tape to the armscye, right along the fold of the bias tape.

how to add bias tape to an armhole

Fold the bias tape to the inside of the bodice, press, and sew along the edge.

diy off the shoulder peasant blouse

Step 3: Bodice and Ruffle construction

Sewing sides of ruffle strip and bodice:

Line up ruffle strips, right sides together and sew along the side edges using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Finish this seam.

how to add a ruffle to a peasant top

Line up front and back bodice, right sides together and sew along the side seams.  Finish these seams.

how to sew an off the shoulder top

Adding ruffle strip to top:

Mark the center point of the front and back bodice.  Mark the center point of the front and back ruffle strip.

Turn the bodice and ruffle strip wrong side out and line up the center of the ruffle strip with the center of the bodice. (front and back)

how to add elastic to a diy ruffle top

Starting at top of the armscye, sew top of ruffle strip to top and bodice.  Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Repeat for other side.

how to sew a girls ruffle top

Creating the casing:

Flip ruffle right side out and press along the top seam

diy ruffle top

Keep pressing all the way around the ruffle strip, folding the raw edge under 1/4 inch.

how to make an off the shoulder top

free off the shoulder top pattern

Lift ruffle strip up so the inner seam is exposed.  On the “shoulder area” of the ruffle,  line up a strip of the single fold bias tape right along the folded edge.  Sew right along the edges (top and bottom) of the bias tape to create a casing for the elastic.  (Be sure to sew as close to the edge as you can- there will need to be enough room for a 1/4 inch piece of elastic to be pulled through.)

free off the shoulder top pattern

Fold the ruffle back into place.  Starting on the front bodice, sew around the top of the bodice section, 1/2 inch down from the edge, to create the rest of casing.  (This stitch should be at the same level as the bottom stitch you sewed over the bias tape. See second photo below.)  Repeat on the back bodice.   Leave about a 2 inch opening in the back to insert the elastic.

 

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girls off the shoulder ruffle top

Adding elastic:

Open the ruffle and find the opening you left.  Using a saftey pin or bodkin, pull elastic through casing.  Overlap the elastic edges by 1/2 inch and if possible try the top on and adjust fit.

diy off the shoulder top

Sew elastic together, close the casing and hem the bottom of the shirt.  (1/2 inch of seam allowance is included for bottom hem.)

And you are done!  How adorable is this top?

 

Yield: 1 ruffle top

How to Sew the Off-the-Shoulder Ruffle Top

diy off the shoulder top

Sew an easy off-the-shoulder ruffle top with this free pattern.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Active Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes

Materials

  • fabric (up to 1.5 yards of 40 inch fabric for a size 12)
  • single fold bias tape
  • 1/4 inch elastic

Tools

  • basic sewing supplies
  • iron

Instructions

Step 1:  Download and print pattern, cut out fabric pieces.

  1. From the pattern, cut 2 bodice pieces (front and back are the same), 2 ruffle strips, and elastic according to the chart.  (I recommend measuring around your child's shoulders for the best fit, but a standard chart is available if you can't get a measurement.)

Step 2:  Add bias tape to the armscye.

  1. Unfold bias tape and right sides together, Line up bias tape along the edge of the armscye.  Sew the tape to the armscye, right along the fold of the bias tape.
  2. Fold the bias tape to the inside of the bodice, press, and sew along the edge.

Step 3: Sewing sides of ruffle strip and bodice:

  1. Line up ruffle strips, right sides together and sew along the side edges using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Finish this seam.
  2. Line up front and back bodice, right sides together and sew along the side seams.  Finish these seams.

Step 4: Adding ruffle strip to top:

  1. Mark the center point of the front and back bodice.  Mark the center point of the front and back ruffle strip.
  2. Turn the bodice and ruffle strip the wrong side out and line up the center of the ruffle strip with the center of the bodice. (front and back)
  3. Starting at top of the armscye, sew top of ruffle strip to top and bodice.  Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Repeat for other side.

Step 5: Creating the casing:

  1. Flip ruffle right side out and press along the top seam.
  2. Keep pressing all the way around the ruffle strip, folding the raw edge under 1/4 inch.
  3. Lift ruffle strip up so the inner seam is exposed.  On the "shoulder area" of the ruffle,  line up a strip of the single fold bias tape right along the folded edge.  Sew right along the edges (top and bottom) of the bias tape to create a casing for the elastic.  (Be sure to sew as close to the edge as you can- there will need to be enough room for a 1/4 inch piece of elastic to be pulled through.)
  4. Fold the ruffle back into place.  Starting on the front bodice, sew around the top of the bodice section, 1/2 inch down from the edge, to create the rest of the casing.  (This stitch should be at the same level as the bottom stitch you sewed over the bias tape. See the second photo below.)  Repeat on the back bodice.   Leave about a 2 inch opening in the back to insert the elastic.

Step 6: Adding elastic:

  1. Open the ruffle and find the opening you left.  Using a safety pin or bodkin, pull the elastic through the casing.  Overlap the elastic edges by 1/2 inch and if possible try the top on and adjust fit.
  2. Sew elastic together, close the casing, and hem the bottom of the shirt.  (1/2 inch of seam allowance is included for the bottom hem.)
  3. And you are done!  

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24 Comments

  1. I made one of these for my trans granddaughter and she just loves it. It looks so pretty on her and fits just right

  2. Thank! beautiful top! I made one for my 4-year-old daughter and one for myself)))

  3. Marty Bailey says:

    Is there a printer friendly version of the instructions?

    1. Yes, scroll all the way down to the bottom of the sewing instruction page and you’ll find a button with the option to print just the written instructions .

  4. Is the water fountain yours? If so, could you tell me where you bought it? I love it and the pattern!

  5. Hi Jamie. I absolutely love your patterns and instructions, I have 4 little girls, and we have such fun with your easy patterns.

    I was interested to know, if you wanted to make this “on the shoulder”, is there a completely different pattern, or is there a simple adjustment one could make to your pattern?

    Thank you, Nawaar

  6. Melissa Mudd says:

    Do you think it would be possible to use this same pattern in wovens instead of knit?

  7. can’t wait to convert this pattern into a dress for my miss 10 to wear to the races

  8. Magda from Poland says:

    Beautiful top, I made it longer to get an amazing dress for my 7-year-old Nina. Thank you very much for the pattern and the instructions!!!

  9. I was able to download the pattern, but when I click on the link for the sewing instructions it says the page is no longer available. Am I doing something wrong? I was able to see it the day I got the pattern. Today I have time to do some sewing and can’t access the instructions.

    1. Yes, I switched to https (more secure website) a couple of hours ago and now all my pattern links are broken. I am working on fixing this but it may take a day.

        1. It’s working for me now. Thanks!

  10. Can’t wait to get started on these great free patterns

  11. I’m like your previous commenter Anne, I had a similar top when I was a kid and always felt so fancy wearing it. This pattern is lovely. thanks.

  12. Christine DANNEELS says:

    love, love, loooooooove your blog !!

  13. Cathy Burnett says:

    Thank you for sharing your great talent! I have a four year old granddaughter and I plan to use your pattern to make her something pretty.

    1. Thanks Cathy, cant wait to see what you make!
      ~Jamie

      1. Me.to.you100 says:

        Hi i have tried getting this pattern sent but doesnt seem to work. Please can someone help.

        Thank you in advance

        1. You have to add the pattern to your cart and check out. Once you have checked out, you must click the purple button that says “off the shoulder ruffle top pattern for girls, size 3 to 12” to download it to your computer. The pattern is not emailed, it is up to you to download it once you have checked out. If you created an account during the checkout process, you can log in and redownload the pattern. Otherwise, you will need to go through the checkout process again.