Off-Shoulder Ruffle Top Pattern Sewing Instructions:
How to navigate this post (and find the pattern):
- Pattern styling/Photos: page 1.
- Pattern download: page 2.
- Sewing instructions: page 3. (this page, keep reading)
- fabric (up t0 1.5 yards of 40 inch fabric for a size 12)
- single fold bias tape
- 1/4 inch elastic
Products used and Recommended:
- My favorite fabric shop for knits: Funkalicious Fabrics and Girl Charlee. My favorite shop for cottons and other fabrics: Fabric.com.
- My Sewing Machine: SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist, my coverstitch: Janome Cover Pro 1000cpx
- My Serger: Brother 1034D 3 or 4 Thread Serger or you can just use Pinking Shears
- Rotary Cutter
- I love my large ruler and large cutting mat, but you may prefer to start of with a smaller Cutting set
- Dritz Dual Purpose Marking Pen and Fray Check
- Wonder clips (I didn’t use these in the post, but they are just awesome!
- 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.
Elastic cutting chart:
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 chart. (I reccommend 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 armscye.
Unfold bias tape and right sides together, Line up bias tape along the edge of armscye. Sew the tape to the armscye, right along the fold of the bias tape.
Fold bias tape to the inside of the bodice, press and sew along the edge.
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.
Line up front and back bodice, right sides together and sew along the side seams. Finish these seams.
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 bodice. (front and back)
Starting at top of armscye, sew top of ruffle strip to top and bodice. Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Repeat for other side.
Creating the casing:
Flip ruffle right side out and press along the top seam
Keep pressing all the way around the ruffle strip, folding the raw edge under 1/4 inch.
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 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.)
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.
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.
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?
Return to the Photo Styling Page. (page 1.)