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!
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.
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.
Are you ready to make your own ruffle sleeve top?
Here we go!
• 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.
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.
Sew two rows of basting stitches, 3/8” and 5/8” from the top of each ruffle piece.
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.
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.
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…
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.
Next, sew each side seam from the ruffle hem to the bottom of the shirt.
Lastly, hem your top! I adjusted the pattern’s hem to a slight high-low hem, and hemmed it with my cover stitch machine.
Great job! Style your new trendy top with some ankle boots and your favorite jeans, and you’re set!