8 long sleeve knit shirts sizes 12 months-4T
1 pair of knit pants size 18 months
1 tank top size 5
1 remnant piece of pink jersey knit that measures 11 inches wide by 60 inches- I never used this piece.
I don't know how far exactly this amount of upcycled fabric will get me, but I decide to wing it and see. I could do the math, but I figured I could have it half finished by the time I measure each shirt and determine how many ruffles I can get from each. In case you want to do the math for yourself, I usually measure the circumference for the area I want to apply ruffles, then I cut the length of my ruffle twice that long. That gives a nice full ruffle. 1 1/2 times will work also, it just depends how much fabric you have to work with.
I decide that I will cut my fabric into strips of 3 1/2 inches. That way I will visibly see at least 2 1/2 inches of ruffle when I allow for a seam at the top of each strip to actually ruffle it and overlapping of each ruffle layer.
I also cut the sleeves off the shirt. Cut them open at the seam, and get a strip from each sleeve.
I haven't cut up the remnant fabric yet, because I'm not sure if I'll need it for ruffles or to add length to the tank top. - should have had my model try it on for length before nap time.
I now have 1 pile of scraps and 1 pile of strips.
Now clip all of these apart and start chain stitching again until you have just one strip.Now that I have a long strip (16 yards!), I run it through my machine with the ruffle foot on. This roughly gives me a strip 1/2 long as I had before (7 1/2 yards).
Before getting too much further, you want to lay out your ruffle layers to check that they will all fit nicely within the length of the tank top. If they don't then you can overlap the layers more to get them to fit and cover all the vertical space on the tank.
I work my way down the tank, layer after layer. I sew the last layer just above the bottom edge. It's not pinned on yet in this picture.
So cute. I love it!
I hope you enjoy this tutorial. Feel free to email or comment with questions and tutorial suggestions. Share your pics too.