Monday, November 12, 2012

Ruffle baby tee

Originally, I made this for Audrey to wear while she ate her birthday cake. I wanted something pretty, but nothing that I would worry too much about getting full of icing! But then, I changed my mind, and decided to put her in a dress...which never really got full of icing anyway. This top is still super cute though, and I like to put it on her under a cardigan. The lace ruffle is the perfect little girly detail to a simple white tee.

Want to make one for your own little princess, or as a gift for someone else's? Here's's so quick and easy!

Gather your supplies:

  • White tee in your baby's size
  • Lace or other material for the ruffle (I used lace from a cami I was no longer wearing)
  • Thread
  • Scissors 
  • Pins
  • Measuring tape
  • Sewing machine 
Measure the width of your tee, and cut your lace to about double that length. You can cut your lace as wide as you want. Since I cut mine off of the edge of a camisole, I just followed the existing width, and even ended up with a little silk on the bottom edge, which I thought was a pretty addition. 

Now, you have to ruffle your lace. Set your sewing machine to its highest tension, and adjust your straight stitch to its longest length. Without backstitching, sew a straight line down the middle of your lace. Your sewing machine should ruffle the lace for you, but if not, just grab one of the threads, while holding the end of the lace and gently pull. Your lace will gather. Keep gathering until the entire strip is ruffled. 

Hang on to the ends of your lace so you don't lose the gathering you just did. Pin it in place on the tee. 

Now, sew the lace onto the tee by running a straight stitch right down the middle of the lace.

Viola. You're done!

Easy and pretty! Don't forget, you can completely customize this by using almost any fabric for the could even use a colored tee if you want! 

Hope you're all having a great start to your week!

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