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Ruffle Sleeve Tutorial

May 21, 2017 By Abby Smith
Ruffle Sleeve Tutorial

Ruffles have made a huge comeback in the past year, and I love all of the new trends they’ve brought with them! One of my favorite ruffle trends is ruffle sleeves, and I love how they can be dressy for a night out or be casual for running errands! I’m Abby from Sew Much Ado, and today I’m sharing how to sew your own Ruffle Sleeves that you can use with your favorite top pattern!

ruffle sew tutorial

ruffle sew tutorial

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores has really expanded the selection of knits it carries over the past few years, and I’ve definitely taken advantage of all of the fun fabric choices! When I saw this gray and navy heart print knit, I knew it would be perfect for a new top.

ruffle sew tutorial

ruffle sew tutorial

When browsing through the pattern books at JOANN, I loved the relaxed look of McCall’s M7286 and was excited to pair it with the heart fabric and ruffle sleeves.

ruffle sew tutorial

ruffle sew tutorial

Are you ready to make your own ruffle sleeve top?

ruffle sew tutorial

Here we go!

ruffle sew tutorial

Supplies:
Sleeved top pattern (I used McCall’s M7286, which is a raglan style knit top, but a woven top pattern or traditional sleeves will work just as well!)
Fabric (per pattern requirements +1/4yd)
• Basic sewing supplies – thread, pins, scissors, etc

To begin, cut all pieces as directed in the pattern. When cutting sleeve, cut to the length you would like ruffle to start at, plus 1/2” for seam allowance. For my top, this was 7” from the underarm point.

ruffle sew tutorial

Measure the width of the bottom of the sleeve, and cut 2 bands twice as wide as the width of the sleeve bottom, by the length you would like your ruffle plus 1” for seam allowance (if using woven fabric, add 1 1/2” for a 1” hem allowance). I cut my ruffles 5” long for a 4” finished ruffle length.

ruffle sew tutorial

ruffle sew tutorial

Sew two rows of basting stitches, 3/8” and 5/8” from the top of each ruffle piece.

ruffle sew tutorial

Pull bottom threads only to gather each ruffle to fit the bottom of each sleeve and pin right sides together, matching the top of ruffle with the bottom of the sleeve. Stitch between basting stitches, 1/2” from edges. Remove basting stitches that are visible on right sides of ruffles.

ruffle sew tutorial

ruffle sew tutorial

ruffle sew tutorial

Press bottom of each sleeve 1/2” toward the wrong side (and another 1/2″ if using woven fabric). Use zig-zag stitch or cover stitch machine to hem bottom of the ruffle. If using woven fabric, it is best to hem after the sleeve sides have been sewn together.

ruffle sew tutorial

ruffle sew tutorial

Assemble remainder of the top as directed in the pattern. The steps I followed pertain to a raglan style top, so adjust your construction method accordingly for different styled tops. Sew the sleeves to the front and back…

ruffle sew tutorial

ruffle sew tutorial

Press the neckband in half and open it up to stitch the short ends right sides together. Pin it evenly to the neckline (stretching the neckband to fit), and stitch along the pinned edges. Press with steam to help set neckline and neckband nicely in place.

ruffle sew tutorial

ruffle sew tutorial

Next, sew each side seam from the ruffle hem to the bottom of the shirt.

ruffle sew tutorial

Lastly, hem your top! I adjusted the pattern’s hem to a slight high-low hem, and hemmed it with my cover stitch machine.

ruffle sew tutorial

Great job! Style your new trendy top with some ankle boots and your favorite jeans, and you’re set!

ruffle sew tutorial

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