Ruffles that seamed difficult…but were so much fun!
It’s one of those make-a-blouse-from-a-guy’s-button-down-shirt projects. Yes, there are a TON of steps, but they start to flow and make sense once you’ve started, going by pretty quickly. Most are common sense, but I like that she adds more information than most projects.
Oh, by the way, I found this pattern by joining www.cutoutandkeep.net and searching for blouses/tops. I found that most projects here are for the younger folk, but it’s oh-so-fun to peruse the ideas out there!
Back to the ruffle top. My husband isn’t an extra-large kinda guy, so there wasn’t much fabric wasted on this upcycle project. The fabric of the shirt was…well, let’s say I think he bought this when he was trying out new things, stepping outside his golf-polo comfort zone. I have to give him props because this was waaay out there for him.
Luckily, this button-down never made the day-to-day rotation for my husband’s outfit choices. He somewhat begrudgingly handed it over to me a few months ago and when I brought it out last weekend, he was curious how it would turn out…or he was a bit scared to see the scissors chop it up. Either way, he was interested!
The bottom half of the button placard (buttons & holes) is removed, then the two sides sewn together. You do this under the 4th button. The original fancy-ness of this shirt already included tuxedo pleat details on either side of the buttons, so it added a really nice touch without me doing anything. Always a fan of efficiency! 😀
Now, for the RUFFLES! Basically, you cut off the sleeves, which are cut into long rectangles, then made into ruffles and attached to the button placard strips:
Considering my guy is perpetually fit (with or without exercise), his shirts don’t usually have a ton of fabric….hence the reason I had to add a side-zipper:
This blouse is completely different than what I normally wear, so I’m thinking it will be perfect to wear on a date night! What do you think?